Gender: Male Meaning of Raymond: "wise-protector" Origin of Raymond: German Raymond's Popularity in 2019: #329

Raymond Origin and Meaning

The name Raymond is a boy's name of German origin meaning "wise-protector".

Now that the show has gone into reruns, does anybody still love Raymond? Though it's been long dormant, some parents -- including Jack Nicholson -- are finding its cool name component, largely through the nickname Ray.

Raymond was introduced into England by the Normans and was a favorite in the time of the Crusades.

Raymond was a Top 20 name in 1900, and continued to be popular through the era of Raymond Chandler and Raymond Burr and Raymond Massey. More recently there was the eminent short story writer Raymond Carver.

Some livelier Raymond relatives: the sultry Latin Ramon and Raimondo, the Irish Reamonn (with nickname Rea) and the surname Redmond.

Bottom line: Raymond is a new member of the Geek Chic contingent, on the heels of nickname Ray.

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Rank in US: #329

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Raymond's International Variations

Réamann (Irish Gaelic) Raimund, Reimund (German) Raymundo, Raimundo, Ramón (Portuguese) Erramun (Basque) Rajmund (Polish) Raimondo (Italian) Reima, Raimo (Finnish)


snowsbeloved Says:


A family name on my dad's side. My grandfather, uncle and cousin all bear this name. Might use this as a middle name. It has a great meaning and feel. Not too common either and definitely handsome.

headintheclouds Says:


Raymond is a great, more unusual classic- not a staple like James or William, but it's not a dated name. The meaning is wonderful, and all the Raymonds I know are these incredibly smart, well-adjusted men with high-powered jobs and fulfilling lives, so I think Raymond would be a brilliant choice, if parents want their sons to have a "successful" name! The nickname Ray or Red is cute for Raymond.

lesliemarion Says:


I find Raymond to be smooth and rich, a true classic.