Top Baby Names Starting with R

Baby names starting with R are cheerful and high-energy. This tends to be true of Irish names, two of which top the lists of R names for girls and boys. Riley, an Irish surname name, leads for girls. Riley has many well-used variations, including Rylee, Ryleigh, and Rylie.

Ryan is the most popular R name for boys. Its heyday was towards the end of the millennium —making it more popular among dads than babies — but Ryan maintains its relevance.

Along with Riley, other girl names beginning with R in the US Top 200 include Ruby, Reagan, Rose, Raelynn, and Reese. In addition to Ryan, other boy names starting with R in the US Top 200 include Robert, Roman, Ryker, Ryder, and Rhett. Many of the trendiest R names are unisex, such as Rowan, River, and Remi.

Romilly, Rooney, and Ripley are among the rarer gender-neutral names with the R initial, while Rafaella and Rosamund are lovely feminine options. Unique R names chosen by celebrities include Rockwell (Lucy Liu), Rafa (Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale), Rumi (Beyoncé and Jay Z), and Raddix (Cameron Diaz).

Search our complete roster of baby names starting with R. The top names below rank among the current US Top 1000 baby names and are ordered by popularity. Unique names rank below the Top 1000 and are listed alphabetically.

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  • Riley

    Riley originated as both an English and an Irish surname. The former was derived from British place names that got their names from the Old English words for “rye clearing.” Irish Riley is a... Read More 

  • Ryan

    Ryan’s use as a given name was inspired by the surname Ryan, a variation of the Irish O’Riain meaning “son of Rían.” Rían is composed of the Irish-Gaelic elements , meaning “king” and... Read More 

  • Ruby

    Ruby, vibrant red, sassy and sultry, has definitely outshone the other revived vintage gem names, with its sparkling resume of cultural references.

    Ruby is an early rock classic --... Read More 

  • Roman

    Roman -- a surprise hit name of recent years -- owes much of its popularity to Cate Blanchett and Debra Messing, who almost simultaneously chose Roman for their sons, as Molly Ringwald did... Read More 

  • Robert

    Robert was derived from the ancient Germanic name Hrodebert, from the elements hrod, meaning “fame” and bertha, “bright.” Robert was the name of three kings of Scotland,... Read More 

  • Rylee

    This substitute spelling of Riley has been popular with parents for a decade.Read More 

  • Reagan

    A strong, straightforward Irish unisex surname, with a merry glint in its eye, Reagan has been leaping up the popularity lists, to become one of the top Read More 

  • Raelynn

    This variation of Rae with the added -lynn suffix is rising in popularity.Read More 

  • Rose

    Rose is derived from the Latin rosa, which referred to the flower. There is also evidence to suggest it was a Norman variation of the Germanic name Hrodohaidis, meaning “famous type.” In... Read More 

  • Ryder

    Ryder, one of the current favorite er-ending boys’ names, has been in the spotlight since Kate Hudson and her rocker husband Chris Robinson chose it... Read More