| RACHEL - Old Testament; wife of Jacob and mother of Joseph (Genesis 29:6). Her name means "ewe" in Hebrew.|
RAUSA, RAUSY, RAUSAMOND - spelling variations of Rosy, Rosie, Rose, Rosinda, Rosamond.
REBA, REVA - nicknames for Rebecca.
REBECCA, REBEKAH - Old Testament; wife of Isaac (Genesis 24:15). Her name means "the ensnarer" in Hebrew.
RENY - a nickname for Irena.
RHODA - New Testament; the name of a maid who announced Peter's arrival at the door of Mary's house after his miraculous release from prison (Acts 12:13). Her name means "rose" in Greek. Nickname: Rody.
RILLA, RILLY, RILEY - a nickname for Aurelia or Amarilla (Amaryllis).
RINDA, RINDY - a nickname for Marinda or Clarinda.
RODA, RODY - variations of Rhoda.
ROSE, ROSA, ROSIE, ROSAMOND, ROSALIND, ROSINA, ROSINDA -- the rose, a symbol of the Virgin Mary, inspired many different names during the Middles Ages: Rose, Rosa (the Latin word for rose), Rosie (a diminutive), Rosamond (Latin for "rose of the world" - a direct reference to the Virgin Mary), and Rosalind(a) (Latin for "pretty rose" - usually spelled "Rosalyn" today). Other rose names include Rosina (found in Germany) and Rosinda (an American coinage that combines "Rose" with "-inda" from Marinda, Lucinda, etc.)
RUHAMA, RUHAMAH - an Old Testament name (Hosea 2:1) meaning "having obtained mercy."
RUTH, RUTHA - Old Testament; the heroine of the Book of Ruth. Her name means "female friend" in Hebrew.