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Gender: Male Meaning of Ronald: "ruler's counselor" Origin of Ronald: Norse Ronald's Popularity in 2017: #460

The name Ronald is a boy's name of Norse origin meaning "ruler's counselor". Ronald is ranked #460 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Ruler or Royal and discussed in our forums with posts like "Boys Makeover- Two Middles".

From the experts:

To many people, Ronald is off playing shuffleboard with Donald, though others aren't swayed by its old man image. In the Top 10 in the late 1930s through the mid-1940s, the name later came to be strongly associated with President Reagan, along with his nicknames, Ron and Ronnie—as well as with the McDonald franchise mascot. A more youthful bearer is the likable character Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter series. In the early days of Hollywood, Ronald Colman was a dashing matinee idol.

It was the Vikings who brought the name to England and Scotland. In the US, it first appeared on the charts in 1883, moving up to the Top 20 from the 1930s to the 1950s.

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Famous People Named Ronald

Ronald Wilson Reagan, 40th U.S. president
Ronald William "Ron" Howard, American actor director
Ronald Aylmer Fisher, English statistician and geneticist
Ronald Charles Colman, English actor
Ronald Isley, American singer
Ronald Duddley Moore, American screenwriter
(Arthur Annesley) Ronald Firbank, British novelist
Ronald Fields, better known by his stage name Cougnut, American rapper
Ronald Jason "Ron" Eldard, American actor
Ronald Joseph "Ronnie" Radke, American singer
Ronald Ross, English physician and Nobel Prizewinner
Ronald Koeman, Dutch footballer
Ronald George Wreyford Norrish, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Ronald Harry Coase, winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
Ronald Wayne "Ron" Burkle, American billionaire, investor and philanthropist
Ronald Belford "Bon" Scott, Scottish born, Australian lead singer of AC/DC

Pop Culture References for the name Ronald

Ronald Bilius "Ron" Weasley of the Harry Potter series
Ronald "Ron" Swanson, character in Parks and Recreation
Ronald "Ron" Stoppable, character from Kim Possible
Ronald McDonald, McDonald's mascot
Ronald "Mac" McDonald, character on the TV series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Ronald Leslie, main character in G. A. Henty's, Bonnie Prince Charlie
Ronald "Ronnie" Raymond aka Firestorm, character on TV's "The Flash"
Ronald Miller, main character from the movie "Can't Buy Me Love"

Ronnie, Ronney, Roni, Ranald, Ronny, Ronie, Ronnald, Ronal, Ronn, Ron, Ronnold

Ronald's International Variations

Naldo, Rey, Ranaldo, Reynaldo, Raynaldo, Rainald, Reinaldo, Renaldo (Spanish) Raghnall (Irish) Rinhaldo (Portuguese)


lesliemarion Says:


If not for Reagan, I would like it. As is I prefer Roland.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


There were so many people named Ronald at my old school.