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

Russell Origin and Meaning

The name Russell is a boy's name of French origin meaning "redhead, fox-colored".

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 a few dynamic bearers, actors Russell Crowe and Russell Brand and sports stars Russell Westbrook and Russell Wilson.

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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Rank in US: #413

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Pop Culture References for the name Russell

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


ParanoidAndroid Says:


Russell reminds me of some shredded alpha-male who benchpresses beer kegs while also having a virile romantic side to him. In other words, Russell kicks ass.

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.