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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Rainer

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  • According to a user from United Kingdom, the name Rainer is of Unknown origin and means "Warrior from the gods or solicitor".

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Wiktionary

Variant of Rayner, a patronymic surname from a medieval given name from Proto-Germanic *raginą (“counsel by the gods”) + *harjaz (“army”). Also borrowed from modern German.

  1. An English and American surname​.

Rainer was also found in the following language(s): Estonian and German

Notable Persons Named Rainer

Rainer Werner Fassbinder was a film director, screenwriter, film producer, actor, and producer. He was most prominent from 1965 to 1982. Rainer was born on May 31st, 1945 in Bad Wörishofen. He left this life on June 10th, 1982.

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Rainer Maria Rilke was a writer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1894 to 1925. Rainer was given the name René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke on December 4th, 1875 in Prague. He passed away on December 29th, 1926.

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Rainer Weiss is a scientist in the field of physics. Rainer was born on September 29th, 1932 in Berlin.

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Rainer Schüttler is a tennis player. Rainer was born on April 25th, 1976 in Korbach.

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Rainer Bock is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1997 to 1997. Rainer was born on July 31st, 1954 in Kiel.

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Rainer Hersch is a musical theatre writer. Rainer was born on November 7th, 1962.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Rainer

Luise Rainer was an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1926 to 1997. Luise was born on January 12th, 1910 in Düsseldorf. She died on December 30th, 2014.

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Yvonne Rainer is an artist in the fields of performance art, choreography, dancing, and film. Yvonne was born on November 24th, 1934.

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He holds the title Prince of Saxe-Coburg, Gotha, and Duke in Saxony. Prince was born as the child of Prince August Leopold of Saxe-Coburg, Gotha, and Archduchess Karoline Marie of Austria on May 4th, 1900 in Pula. He died on January 7th, 1945.

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He holds the title President and CEO and LifeWay Christian Resources. Thom was born on July 16th, 1955 in Union Springs, Alabama. Thom is also known as Rainer and Thom.

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He holds the title Prince of Thurn and Taxis. Raphael was born as the child of Albert, 8th Prince of Thurn, Taxis, and Archduchess Margarethe Klementine of Austria on May 30th, 1906 in Regensburg. He passed away on June 8th, 1993.

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Margrit Rainer was a comedian, radio personality, stage, television, and film actor. She was most prominent from 1938 to 1938. Margrit was given the name Margrit Rosa Sandmeier on February 9th, 1914 in Zürich. She died on February 10th, 1982.

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How popular is the baby name Rainer in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1955 7 0 7
1956 6 0 6
1957 8 0 8
1958 13 0 13
1959 12 0 12
1960 13 0 13
1961 10 0 10
1962 15 0 15
1963 15 0 15
1964 21 0 21
1965 12 0 12
1966 18 0 18
1967 6 0 6
1968 13 0 13
1969 9 0 9
1970 6 0 6
1971 6 0 6
1972 5 0 5
1974 6 0 6
1975 7 0 7
1976 8 0 8
1977 11 0 11
1978 5 0 5
1980 5 0 5
1982 6 0 6
1983 7 0 7
1984 11 0 11
1985 20 0 20
1986 17 0 17
1987 6 0 6
1988 13 0 13
1989 6 0 6
1990 12 0 12
1991 10 0 10
1992 11 0 11
1993 16 0 16
1994 15 0 15
1995 17 0 17
1996 15 0 15
1997 14 0 14
1998 11 0 11
1999 8 0 8
2000 10 0 10
2001 18 0 18
2002 17 0 17
2003 10 0 10
2004 18 0 18
2005 25 0 25
2006 27 0 27
2007 22 0 22
2008 29 0 29
2009 29 5 24
2010 20 5 15
2011 19 0 19
2012 23 0 23
2013 27 0 27
2014 35 0 35
2015 36 0 36
2016 43 0 43
2017 47 0 47

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Popularity of Rainer as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Rainer U.S.
  White 71.60% 64.26%
  African American 22.60% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.54% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.57% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.59% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.10% 16.26%

Of Last Name Rainer

People with the last name Rainer are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Rainer

  • How Popular is the name Rainer? Rainer is the 11,236th most popular name of all time. As a last name Rainer was the 9,255th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Rainer have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 907 babies born with the first name Rainer in the United States. That's more than enough people named Rainer to occupy the country of Vatican City with an estimated population of 800 (as of March 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Rainer? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1955 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Rainer first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Rainer is Tuesday, July 26th, 1887.
  • What year had the most people named Rainer born? The highest recorded use of the first name Rainer was in 2017 with a total of 47 babies.
  • Random Rainer Factoid: According to the 2015 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rainer is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 10 babies in California have the same name as you in 2015.
  • Weird things about the name Rainer: Your name in reverse order is Reniar. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rriane. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Rainer? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,518 people with the last name Rainer.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Rainer? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Rainer as their last name.

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