Ronald

First Name
1.1m
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
976
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Ronald

"Ronald" is a name of English origin, and it means "Counsel Rule". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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Anglicized from a Scottish Gaelic form of Old Norse Rǫgnvaldr, from rǫgn (“advice”) + valdr (“power”), later partly merged with the Continental Germanic equivalent Reynold.

  1. A male given name.

Ronald was also found in the following language(s): Danish, German, Norwegian, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Ronald

Ronald Reagan was a Governor of California, and 40th President of the United States. Ronald was given the name Ronald Wilson Reagan on February 6th, 1911 in Tampico, Illinois, U.S. He left this life on June 5th, 2004.

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Ron Howard is an actor, director, producer, and film producer. He has been prominent since 1959. Ron was given the name Ronald William Howard by his parents Jean Speegle Howard and Rance Howard on March 1st, 1954 in Duncan, Oklahoma, U.S.

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Christopher Walken is an actor, singer, film director, and scriptwriter. His most notable accomplishments were from 1953 to 1953. Christopher was given the name Ronald Walken on March 31st, 1943 in Astoria, Queens, New York City, U.S. Christopher is also known as Ronnie Walken and Christopher Walken.

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Ron Perlman is an actor and voice artist. He has had major accomplishments since 1979. Ron was given the name Ronald N. Perlman on April 13th, 1950 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Ronnie Wood is a rock music and blues musician. He plays ESP Guitars and Duesenberg Guitars. His most notable accomplishments were from 1964 to present. Ronnie was given the name Ronald David Wood on June 1st, 1947 in Hillingdon, Middlesex, England. Ronnie is also known as Ronnie Wood, Ron Wood, and Woody.

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Ron Paul is an office holder. His military service ended in 1965. Ron was given the name Ronald Ernest Paul on August 20th, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Ronald

Pamela C. Ronald is a in the fields of plant pathology and genetics. Pamela was born in United States.

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Norma was born in 1937. She left this life in 1993.

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William Ronald was an artist in the field of painting. William was given the name Willam Ronald Smith on August 13th, 1926 in Stratford, Ontario. He breathed his last breath on February 9th, 1998.

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Terry Ronald is a musician. His ongoing career started in 1987. Terry was given the name Terry Maxwell Ronald .

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Allan R. Ronald is a in the fields of hiv, hiv/aids, and microbiology. Allan was born on July 24th, 1938 in Portage la Prairie.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1883 6 0 6
1884 11 0 11
1886 13 0 13
1887 8 0 8
1888 15 0 15
1889 11 0 11
1890 20 0 20
1891 8 0 8
1892 17 0 17
1893 8 0 8
1894 21 0 21
1895 25 0 25
1896 23 0 23
1897 34 0 34
1898 26 0 26
1899 27 0 27
1900 40 0 40
1901 43 0 43
1902 49 0 49
1903 52 0 52
1904 50 0 50
1905 51 0 51
1906 76 0 76
1907 88 0 88
1908 75 0 75
1909 93 0 93
1910 118 0 118
1911 136 0 136
1912 302 0 302
1913 417 0 417
1914 541 0 541
1915 764 0 764
1916 723 0 723
1917 767 0 767
1918 751 0 751
1919 789 5 784
1920 832 0 832
1921 993 0 993
1922 1,042 0 1,042
1923 1,159 11 1,148
1924 1,365 5 1,360
1925 1,687 11 1,676
1926 2,302 15 2,287 #88 boy name
1927 3,130 19 3,111 #63 boy name
1928 4,001 23 3,978 #50 boy name
1929 4,502 27 4,475 #45 boy name
1930 5,674 38 5,636 #37 boy name
1931 6,762 39 6,723 #27 boy name
1932 11,182 43 11,139 #16 boy name
1933 12,093 33 12,060 #12 boy name
1934 14,138 58 14,080 #11 boy name
1935 15,532 51 15,481 #12 boy name
1936 16,965 46 16,919 #12 boy name
1937 18,190 56 18,134 #11 boy name
1938 20,356 64 20,292 #10 boy name
1939 19,888 54 19,834 #10 boy name
1940 20,789 58 20,731 #10 boy name
1941 24,448 54 24,394 #9 boy name
1942 27,208 78 27,130 #9 boy name
1943 29,309 73 29,236 #9 boy name
1944 25,570 61 25,509 #10 boy name
1945 23,721 55 23,666 #10 boy name
1946 31,944 94 31,850 #10 boy name
1947 34,955 73 34,882 #11 boy name
1948 33,588 71 33,517 #10 boy name
1949 31,578 84 31,494 #11 boy name
1950 29,985 68 29,917 #12 boy name
1951 29,117 65 29,052 #12 boy name
1952 27,872 74 27,798 #15 boy name
1953 27,752 63 27,689 #15 boy name
1954 27,673 70 27,603 #15 boy name
1955 26,221 72 26,149 #18 boy name
1956 27,785 61 27,724 #15 boy name
1957 27,275 93 27,182 #17 boy name
1958 24,873 64 24,809 #19 boy name
1959 23,197 89 23,108 #21 boy name
1960 21,789 83 21,706 #21 boy name
1961 20,890 76 20,814 #24 boy name
1962 20,032 60 19,972 #25 boy name
1963 19,850 71 19,779 #23 boy name
1964 18,921 79 18,842 #24 boy name
1965 17,693 69 17,624 #24 boy name
1966 17,046 87 16,959 #24 boy name
1967 16,540 100 16,440 #24 boy name
1968 15,513 85 15,428 #25 boy name
1969 14,714 91 14,623 #29 boy name
1970 13,694 78 13,616 #29 boy name
1971 11,716 78 11,638 #31 boy name
1972 9,579 68 9,511 #32 boy name
1973 8,397 70 8,327 #40 boy name
1974 7,719 51 7,668 #42 boy name
1975 7,124 58 7,066 #46 boy name
1976 6,509 47 6,462 #49 boy name
1977 6,093 62 6,031 #53 boy name
1978 5,793 37 5,756 #55 boy name
1979 5,750 49 5,701 #54 boy name
1980 5,801 40 5,761 #58 boy name
1981 5,574 42 5,532 #59 boy name
1982 5,251 44 5,207 #60 boy name
1983 4,744 38 4,706 #64 boy name
1984 4,553 46 4,507 #67 boy name
1985 4,331 33 4,298 #71 boy name
1986 4,266 44 4,222 #75 boy name
1987 4,182 30 4,152 #73 boy name
1988 4,209 38 4,171 #79 boy name
1989 4,125 20 4,105 #86 boy name
1990 3,915 15 3,900 #97 boy name
1991 3,680 10 3,670
1992 3,235 12 3,223
1993 2,889 9 2,880
1994 2,569 6 2,563
1995 2,398 0 2,398
1996 2,230 0 2,230
1997 2,096 0 2,096
1998 1,846 0 1,846
1999 1,875 5 1,870
2000 1,750 0 1,750
2001 1,652 0 1,652
2002 1,519 0 1,519
2003 1,403 0 1,403
2004 1,451 0 1,451
2005 1,301 0 1,301
2006 1,373 0 1,373
2007 1,173 0 1,173
2008 1,089 0 1,089
2009 924 0 924
2010 912 0 912
2011 886 0 886
2012 796 0 796
2013 741 0 741
2014 789 0 789
2015 702 0 702
2016 724 0 724

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Popularity of Ronald as a first name

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Popularity of Ronald as a last name

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Common last names for Ronald

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • Thompson
  • White
  • Thomas
  • Martin
  • Clark
  • Jackson
  • Harris
  • Young
  • Robinson

Common first names for Ronald

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ronald U.S.
  White 83.40% 64.26%
  African American 7.79% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.79% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.61% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.92% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.48% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ronald

People with the last name Ronald are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Ronald

  • How Popular is the name Ronald? Ronald is the 35th most popular name of all time. As a last name Ronald was the 25,356th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Ronald have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,081,167 babies born with the first name Ronald in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ronald to occupy the country of Timor-Leste with an estimated population of 1,066,409 (as of July 11, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ronald? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1883 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Ronald first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ronald is Saturday, June 22nd, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Ronald born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ronald was in 1947 with a total of 34,882 babies. That's a lot of babies named Ronald!
  • Random Ronald Factoid: According to the 1966 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ronald ranks 35th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Mississippi. Imagine that, 143 babies in Mississippi have the same name as you in 1966.
  • Weird things about the name Ronald: Your name in reverse order is Dlanor. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Orladn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ronald? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 976 people with the last name Ronald.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ronald? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Ronald as their last name since less than 1 person in 303k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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