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Gender: Male Meaning of Russell: "redhead, fox-colored" Origin of Russell: French Russell's Popularity in 2017: #403

The name Russell is a boy's name of French origin meaning "redhead, fox-colored". Russell is ranked #403 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Boy Baby Names Moving Up Fast and discussed in our forums with posts like "Generation CAF #45 (w/ occupations)".

From the experts:

One of many R- boys’ names that started as a nickname for a redhead, Russell had a measure of popularity from the early twentieth century through the 1950s. But it's now lost much of its color -- except for two particularly dynamic bearers, Russell Crowe and Russell Brand.

Russell has been much more common as a surname, whose many namesakes have included philosopher Bertrand, Gay Nineties entertainer Lillian, actresses Rosalind, Jane and Keri, actor Kurt, basketball star Bill and singer Leon.

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Famous People Named Russell

Russell Wendell Simmons, American entrepreneur
Russell Ira Crowe, Australian actor
Russell Edward Brand, English actor and comedian
Russell Dominic Peters, Canadian comedian
Russell George Tovey, English actor
Russell Allen, American football player
Russell Allen, American musician of Symphony X
Russell Okung, American NFL player
Russell Carrington Wilson, American NFL quarterback
Russell Westbrook, American basketball player
Russell Joseph Howard, British Comedian
Russell T Davies, stage name of Stephen Russell Davies, Welsh screenwriter
Russell Alan Hulse, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics
Russell Louis "Rusty" Schweickart, American astronaut
Ryder Russell Robinson, son of actress Kate Hudson and musician Chris Robinson
Russell Wallace Day, son of Charlie Day and Mary Elizabeth Ellis
Russell Franke (b. 2011), son of YouTube vlogger Ruby Franke from the channel 8Passengers

Pop Culture References for the name Russell

Russel-James "Rusty-James", main character of S.E. Hinton novel Rumble Fish
Russell "Rusty" Collins, also known as Firefist, character in Marvel Universe
Russell, character from "Up"
Russell Van Eden, character from "What About Mimi?"
Russell Edgington, character from the TV show "True Blood"
Russell Winslow, from the TV series "Brotherly Love"
Russell Finley, from the movie "Wayne's World"

Rustin, Russel, Rusty, Rustie, Ruston, Rush, Russelle, Russ, Rustyn, Ruste, Rusten, Roussell


thorn144 Says:


Question for berries: there's already Russ as a nickname for Russell. Would it be too much of a stretch to do Reese as a nickname? Love the name Reese and Russell and wondering if there's a way to squeeze in both.

Dawn Croone Says:


I named my oldest Russell. I hate the nick name "Rusty". He goes by Russ or Russell. Of course, he can choose if he likes Rusty.

RoddyThlayli Says:


Me too!

headintheclouds Says:


I think of the little boy from Up, or a Jack Russell terrier when I hear Russell :) In my opinion, it's one of those names that is heard more on the generation before today's, but still used often enough that it's presently more of a modern classic. It fits nicely into the sweet spot of being well-known, not an "out-there" name, but your kid won't have three others in his class.

ThistleThorn Says:


I love the nickname Rusty.

Haids1987 Says:


I live in a Seattle suburb and this name is becoming quite hot thanks to our star quarterback. Go Hawks!

lesliemarion Says:


I love this name, our son's third name. It sounds like the rustle of the wind and has a cute retro nickname, Rusty.