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Russell Meaning


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Origin & Meaning

The name Russell is of French origin.

The meaning of Russell is "little red".  

It is also of English origin, where its meaning is "little red one".


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 409 in baby name popularity for boys with 752 occurrences.    Less than 5 girls were given the name. 

View the Russell Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Russell has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Russell to other names.


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Related Names

Variants of the name Russell include Russel.

Russell has the diminutive (nickname) Russ.

Other Tidbits

Russell falls into the classic name category.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Russell Crowe.

Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Russell in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Russell.

Just for fun, see the name Russell in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Russell in Nautical Flags page.

Names Like This

French names have similar origins to those of other old-world European nations. They are often derivations of place names or trade names, or have their basis in history, mythology, religion or nature. They may also be created names.

The popularity of hyphenated names is a unique feature of French given names. For example Paul-Henri or Anne-Marie. A hyphenated name is considered a single unit first name, not separate first and middle names. Hyphenated names may be of the same or different genders. The first part of the name will always indicate the holder's gender.

Masculine names may be made feminine with the addition of -e, -ette, or -ine as suffixes.