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Many surnames are associated with the place/locality of where the family lived and in those cases the location is noted as the meaning.
Many surnames are associated with the occupation of the person given the name.

Surname Origin Meaning
Radcliff Locality            Locality A place in Lancashire, England
Radford Cornish-British     Cornish-British The fern way
Radland Cornish-British     Cornish-British The fern land
Radnor Cornish-British     Cornish-British The enclosure of ferns
Raffles From Raefel, long-lubber, lath-back, inactive, sluggish
Rainsford Locality            Locality Ravensford
Raleigh Rhawlaw, in the Welsh, signifies a lieutenant, a vicar
Ralph Saxon From Rad, counsel, and ulph, help
Ralston Ralphstown in Renfrewshire
Ramage Branches of trees
Ramirez Spanish             Spanish patronymic from the personal name Ramiro
Ramos Spanish             Spanish someone who lived in a thickly wooded area
Ramsden Saxon Locality      Saxon Locality The winding valley, or the extremity of the valley
Ramsey Locality            Locality Ram's Isle, a place in Huntingdonshire, England
Ran Saxon               Saxon Pure, clear.
Randal Saxon               Saxon Fair-help, from Ran, fair, and ulph, help
Rander Gaelic-Welsh        Gaelic-Welsh A tract of land on a point or promontory
Randolph Saxon               Saxon Fair-help, from Ran, fair, and ulph, help
Randulph Saxon               Saxon Fair-help, from Ran, fair, and ulph, help
Rankin Danish Rank, right, upright, erect
Ranney Locality            Locality Renaix, Reinow, or Renais, a town of Switzerland
Ransom The price paid for redemption from captivity or punishment
Ransome The price paid for redemption from captivity or punishment
Rapp Rap, in Danish, is swift, nimble
Rawdon Locality            Locality Royden, near Leeds, in Yorkshire, England
Rawley Welsh               Welsh Rhawlaw, a vicar
Rawlings Ralphs son
Rawlinson son of Rawlings
Rawson Ravenson
Ray Dutch               Dutch Roemur, one who extols, praises, boasts
Raymer Dutch               Dutch Roemur, one who extols, praises, boasts
Raymond Teutonic            Teutonic From Rein, pure, and mund, mouth; pure mouth, one who abstains from wanton discourses
Rayner Danish              Danish Raner, a leader of the Danes
Read Rede, advice, counsel, help, or from the fenny plant, a reed
Record Rikerd, or Richard
Redden Cornish-British     Cornish-British A place of ferns
Reddenhurst Locality            Locality Reddon, Cornish British, fern, and hurst, Saxon, a wood or grove
Reed Saxon               Saxon From Rede, advice, counsel, help, or from the fenny plant, a reed
Reese Cornish-British     Cornish-British Pushing, violent; a strong or powerful man
Reeves From Reeve, a bailiff, provost, or steward
Reid Scottish            Scottish person with red hair or a ruddy complexion
Reilly Irish               Irish descendant of Raghailleach
Reinard Teutonic-Saxon      Teutonic-Saxon From Rein, pure, and ard, nature, disposition
Reinhart Dutch               Dutch A pure heart
Renard French              French A fox, cunning
Retz Locality            Locality A town in Moravia
Reyes French              French king from Latin rex
Reynard Teutonic-Saxon      Teutonic-Saxon From Rein, pure, and ard, nature, disposition
Reynolds Saxon               Saxon Sincere or pure love from, Rhein, pure, and hold, the old English for love
Reynoldson Saxon               Saxon son of Reynolds
Rheese Cornish-British     Cornish-British Pushing, violent; a strong or powerful man
Rhefeldt Dutch               Dutch deer-field
Rhodes Locality            Locality island of Rhodes, in the Mediterranean Sea
Rian Gaelic              Gaelic manner, order, arrangement, sobriety, good disposition
Ricard Of a powerful, rich, or generous disposition
Rice Welsh               Welsh Rys
Rich Wealthy, opulent; anciently, great, noble, powerful
Richard Of a powerful, rich, or generous disposition
Richardson son of Richard
Richmond Saxon               Saxon rich-mouth; figuratively, eloquent
Ricketts Ricards
Riddell Locality            Locality From lands in the county of Yorkshire, formerly called the Ryedales
Ridder Ruyter
Riggs Danish              Danish wealthy, rich
Ring Dutch               Dutch A Canton; a district of an ecclesiastical congregation
Ringe Danish              Danish Mean, low, small, little
Ringgold Welsh               Welsh Rhingol, a cleft, cliff, or steep bank
Rios Spanish             Spanish habitational name from any of the places called Ríos, predominantly in Galicia
Ripley Locality            Locality A market-town in west Yorkshire, England
Ritchie Scottish            Scottish Richard
Ritter Ruyter, a knight, a chevalier
Rivera Spanish             Spanish any of the places named Rivera
Roberts Saxon               Saxon From Rod, counsel, and bert or bericht, bright or famous
Robertson Scottish            Scottish son of Robert
Robinson Son of Robbin
Roby Danish              Danish From Ro, rest, repose, and by, a town--the peaceful town
Rochester Locality            Locality city in Kent, England
Rochfort Locality            Locality town of France
Rodden Cornish-British     Cornish-British A place of ferns
Rodland Saxon               Saxon Counsel for the land
Rodriguez Spanish             Spanish son of Rodrigo
Roe Gaelic              Gaelic Red-haired
Roemer Dutch               Dutch From Roem, glory, renown; a praiser, a boaster
Roger Teutonic            Teutonic Rhu, rest, quiet, peace, and gard, a keeper
Roland Saxon               Saxon Counsel for the land
Rollin Saxon               Saxon Counsel for the land
Romaine Roman
Romanno Locality            Locality lands in the county of Peebles, Scotland
Romero Spanish             Spanish pilgrim to Rome
Roof Reeve
Roorback Dutch               Dutch A town in Bavaria, Germany
Root Locality            Locality A place lying low
Roschild a town in Denmark
Rose Scottish            Scottish a place with wild roses
Rosencrans Danish              Danish Rosenkrands, a garland of roses
Roseveldt Dutch               Dutch field of roses
Ross Scottish            Scottish A shire of Scotland
Roswell Rosveldt, the rose-field
Roth German              German Red color
Rothschild a town in Denmark
Rouse French              French red-haired
Rousseau French              French reddish hair
Roux French              French someone with red hair
Rowe Locality            Locality A river that overflows its banks
Rowel Locality            Locality the river Rouel, in the Netherlands
Rowen Locality            Locality a tree, the mountain-ash
Rowle Cornish-British     Cornish-British Rule, order, law
Rowley Saxon               Saxon From Row, sweet or pleasant, and ley, a field
Rowntree mountain-ash
Roy Gaelic              Gaelic red-haired
Rue Locality            Locality Reaux, in Hainault, Netherlands
Rufus French              French Red
Ruggles Locality            Locality A town of France
Ruiz Spanish             Spanish son of Ruy
Rundell Arundle
Runnion Gaelic              Gaelic A small hill
Runon Gaelic              Gaelic A small hill.
Rusbridge Locality            Locality town of Rousbrugge, in Germany
Russ Russian
Russell Scottish            Scottish Red-haired
Russey Locality            Locality A town in Doubs, France
Rutgers Dutch               Dutch one desirous of rest, a keeper of rest
Rutherford Locality            Locality the lands of Rutherford on the river Tweed, in the parish of Maxton, Roxburgshire, Scotland
Ruthven the lands and barony of Ruthven, in Perthshire, Scotland
Ruyter A knight or chevalier
Ryan Irish               Irish Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Riagháin
Ryder A forest officer, being mounted
Rye French              French From Rive, a coast, a shore, a bank, border
Rynders Locality            Locality A town in North Jutland
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