Regan: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Regan
Origin of the name Regan:
Derived from the Old Norse regn, ragn (judgment, decision). In Norse legend, Regin, a very wise man, was appointed tutor and foster father of Sigurd.
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The "RE" sound in Regan is so unappealing to me. Shakespeare got it right with this one.
The "RE" is pronounced "RAY". My sister's name is Regan and we pronounce her name Ray-gin (hard G). She hates to be called Ree-gan. By the way, she has an awesome personality and is super smart (4.0 Chemistry major in college, Masters in Education).
The "RE" isn't always pronounced "RAY." There are many Regans out there who prefer Ree-gan, not Ray-gun. I think most people who like Ray-gun spell their name Raegan or Reagan (like the former president).
Every Shakespeare play I have every seen" has pronounced it "Ray" also in school my teachers pronounced it Ray which is why I decided to name my daughter Regan pronounced Ray, because I love Shakespeare. Even in the Exorcist they pronounce it Ray. I'm not sure when people started pronouncing it Re...
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The name Regan is a actually a baby boy name. The name Regan originally comes from the Celtic origin. In Celtic The meaning of the name Regan is: "Regal" or "little King". There are more British males with Regan as their first name as there are American males with Regan as their first name.
The name Regan is both a boy's and a girl's name. It was used for one of King Lear's daughters in Shakespeare, was the name of the little girl in The Exorcist, and has gained popularity among baby girls in the past few decades. It means "regal" and "royal" for a little girl.
One of my closest friend's name is Regan pronounced Ree-gin and she DOES NOT like being called Ray-gin.
- Nicknames for Regan: | Edit
Rae, Sunrae, Annie, Ree, Ray Ray, Reygie. oregano
Reg-o, Reganomics, Re (Ray), Regsie, Reggy, Regasaurus
How is Annie a nickname for Regan?
answer: pronounced raygANNE
- Meanings and history of the name Regan: | Edit
The name Regan is a baby boy and baby girl name. The name Regan comes from the Celtic origin. In Celtic The meaning of the name Regan is: Regal.
- Famous real-life people named Regan: | Edit
Model and beauty queen named Regan Hartley (pronounced Ree-gan)
- Regan in song, story & screen: | Edit
Regan was the name of one of Lear's (not very nice) daughters in the Shakespeare play "King Lear".
Regan was the name of the demonically possessed little girl in the movie, The Exorcist (1973).