Russell: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Russell

Russell

Pronunciation: RUH-səl (key)

Origin of the name Russell:

Transferred use of the surname derived from the Old French roussell (red-haired), from rous (red). The name, which arose as a nickname for someone with red hair, was brought to England by the Normans.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Russ, Rusty

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Personal experiences with the name Russell: | Edit

When my son Russell was born I called him my little Russell sprout.
My brother hates the nickname but I love it, Russell Bustle.

Nicknames for Russell: | Edit

Russ, Rusty, Russy

Meanings and history of the name Russell: | Edit

Russell means little red one.

Famous real-life people named Russell: | Edit

Russell Simmons: music producer, entrepreneur
Russell Brand: comedian
Russell Howard, comedian
Russell Means, Native American actor and activist for the rights of Native American people.
Bertrand Russell, British mathematician and philosopher and author; he was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1950.
Russell Crowe, Australian actor.
Russell Ingall, Australian V8 Supercar driver.
Russell T Davies, Welsh TV producer and screenwriter (Dr. Who.)
Rev. John Russell, English clergy perhaps best remembered for developing the Jack Russell Terrier.

Russell in song, story & screen: | Edit

Vacation movies: Russell 'Rusty' Griswold
Russell "Stringer" Bell, fictional drug kingpin on "The Wire" (played by Idris Elba)
The young boy in Pixar's Up

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