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Boy Names Starting With R

Boy names that begin with R are led today by modern classics Ryan and Roman, which both rank in the Top 100 baby names for boys in the US.

Along with Ryan and Roman, R-starting names for boys which make the Top 250 include Ryker, Ryder, Rowan, River, Remington, Riley and Rhett.

And across the pond, the Brits are crazy for R boy names! The England and Wales Top 200 names for boys includes a wealth of quirky R-starting options, such as Reuben, Reggie, Rory, Ronnie, Ralph, Rupert, Rex, Rocco and Rhys. In France, Raphaël, Robin and Rayan all rank in the Top 100, while in Finland Rasmus and Roope are both in the Top 50.

Famous R-starting couple Rose Byrne and Robert “Bobby” Cannavale recently chose a second rollicking R name for baby boy #2: Rafa, a brother for Rocco. And filmmaker Robert Rodriguez passed his R initial down to all four of his sons: Rocket, Racer, Rebel, and Rogue.

Read our full menu of boy names beginning with R here. 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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Top Boy Names Starting with R

  • 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 

  • 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 

  • 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 

  • Rowan

    Rowan -- a strong surname and nature name (it's a tree with red berries)-- is deservedly growing in popularity. Some scholars identify Rowan as originally a Read More 

  • Ryker

    As a stylish name, Ryker has three big things going for it: its Ry beginning (as in Riley, Ryder, and Rylan), its two-syllable rhythm, and its er ending. A nice surprise for many is it's "rich"... Read More 

  • Rhett

    Rhett has been more tied to Gone with the Wind than even Scarlett, but now we're hearing rumblings of its finding new and independent favor among parents, perhaps emboldened by the... Read More 

  • River

    River shares the tranquil feeling of all the water names, and seems to have pretty much escaped its past strong association with River Phoenix and his unfortunate fate. Keri Russell and the Taylor... Read More 

  • Richard

    A classic old Norman name popular for a thousand years and favored for kings (Richard Nixon was named for Richard the Lionhearted), as well as the hoi polloi (as in every Tom, Dick and Harry),... Read More 

  • Remington

    Remington Steele was the perfect name for an upper-crust action hero on 1980s television. Now, Remington is catching fire along with a new generation of predatory baby Read More