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Gender: Male Meaning of Russell: "redhead, fox-colored" Origin of Russell: French Russell's Popularity in 2018: #413

The name Russell is a boy's name of French origin meaning "redhead, fox-colored". Russell is ranked #413 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Celebrity Surnames as Firsts and discussed in our forums with posts like "follow the last letter".

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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Popularity

Russell is #297 on Nameberry

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Pop Culture References for the name Russell

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

Comments

thorn144 Says:

2016-03-26T06:56:38

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:

2015-09-21T00:31:38

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:

2015-09-05T03:58:47

Me too!

headintheclouds Says:

2015-08-22T14:27:22

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:

2015-04-19T17:42:10

I love the nickname Rusty.

Haids1987 Says:

2015-03-23T18:12:14

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

lesliemarion Says:

2014-04-05T02:43:34

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