Reginald (given name)

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Reginald
Gender Masculine
Language(s) English
Origin
Language(s) Latin
Word/Name Reginaldus
Other names
Short form(s) Reg
Pet form(s) Reggie
See also Ragnall, Reinhold, Ronald, Rex

Reginald is a masculine given name in the English language.

Etymology and history[edit]

The name is derived from the Latin Reginaldus, which has been influenced by the Latin word regina, meaning "queen". This Latin name is a Latinisation of a Germanic language name. This Germanic name is composed of two elements: the first ragin, meaning "advice", "counsel",[1] "decision";[2] the second element is wald, meaning "rule",[1] "ruler".[2] The Old German form of the name is Raginald; Old French forms are Reinald and Reynaud.[3]

Forms of this Germanic name were first brought to the British Isles by Scandinavians, in the form of the Old Norse Rögnvaldr. This name was later reinforced by the arrival of the Normans in the 11th century, in the Norman forms Reinald and Reynaud.[1]

The Latin Reginaldus was used as a Latin form of cognate names, such as the Old Norse Rögnvaldr, and the Gaelic Ragnall and Raghnall.[4]

Translations[edit]

  • Ancient Germanic: Raginald, Reinald, Reinhold
  • Ancient Scandinavian: Ragnvaldr
  • Arabic: ريجنالد
  • Belarusian: Рэджынальд (Redžynaĺd)
  • Bulgarian: Реджиналд (Redzhinald)
  • Chinese Simplified: 雷金纳德 (Léijīnnàdé)
  • Chinese Traditional: 雷金納德 (Léijīnnàdé)
  • Danish: Ragnvald
  • Dutch: Reinoud, Reinout
  • Finnish: Reino
  • French: Renaud, Reynaud
  • German: Reinhold
  • Gujarati: રેજિનાલ્ડ (Rējinālḍa)
  • Hebrew: רג'ינלד
  • Hindi: रेगीनाल्ड (Rēgīnālḍa)
  • Irish: Raghnall
  • Italian: Rinaldo
  • Japanese: レジナルド (Rejinarudo)
  • Kannada: ರೆಜಿನಾಲ್ಡ್ (Rejinālḍ)
  • Korean: 레지날드 (Lejinaldeu)
  • Latin: Reginaldus, Reginaldi
  • Macedonian: Реџиналд (Redžinald)
  • Middle Gaelic: Ragnall
  • Middle Irish: Ragnall
  • Mongolian: Режиналд (Ryejinald)
  • Norwegian: Ragnvald
  • Old French: Reinald, Reynaud
  • Old German: Raginald
  • Old Irish: Ragnall
  • Old Norse: Rögnvaldr
  • Persian: رجینالد
  • Portuguese: Reinaldo, Reynaldo, Ronaldo
  • Punjabi: ਰੇਜਿਨਾਲਡ (Rējinālaḍa)
  • Russian: Реджинальд (Redzhinal'd)
  • Scottish Gaelic: Raghnall
  • Serbian: Региналд (Reginald)
  • Spanish: Reinaldo, Reynaldo
  • Swedish: Ragnvald
  • Tamil: ரெஜினால்டு (Rejiṉālṭu)
  • Telugu: రెజినాల్డ్ (Rejinālḍ)
  • Thai: เรจินัล (Recinạl)
  • Ukrainian: Реджинальд (Redzhynalʹd)
  • Welsh: Rheinallt
  • Yiddish: רעגינאַלד (Rʻgynʼald)

Use and popularity[edit]

Today Reginald is regarded as a very formal name, and bearers generally shorten their name to Reg in ordinary usage. Reggie is a pet form of Reg.[2]

Fictional characters[edit]

  • Reginald, fictional character in Saki's short stories
  • Reginald, nemesis and cousin of Richie Rich in the movie and comic books
  • Reginald Barclay, recurring character in the Star Trek fictional universe
  • Bushroot, Reginald Bushroot, supervillain in the Disney television series Darkwing Duck
  • Reginald Deadman, police constable in the British television sitcom Goodnight Sweetheart
  • Reggie Mantle, the fictional character in Archie Comics
  • Reginald Perrin, the main character of a series of novels by David Nobbs, and The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, the popular BBC-commissioned 1970s comedy based upon it
  • Reginald Jeeves, known mostly by his last name only, the personal servant to Bertie Wooster in a series of short stories and novels by P. G. Wodehouse
  • Reginald Fox, cartoon character (a fox) created by Tex Avery (MGM) in 1949, stars with Droopy in Outfoxed, MGM cartoons, 1949
  • Reginald "Reg" Hollis, a long-standing fictional police constable in the British television series The Bill
  • Reginald "Bubbles" Cousins, fiction character in the American television series The Wire
  • Reginald, a fictional koala bear in American Dad!, voiced by Erik Durbin
  • Reggie Wylie, Gerty MacDowell's sweetheart in short trousers in James Joyce's Ulysses

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Learn about the family history of your surname, Ancestry.com, retrieved 2 November 2010  which cited: Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4  for the surname "Reynold".
  2. ^ a b c Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006), A Dictionary of First Names, Oxford Paperback Reference (2nd ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 228, ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1 
  3. ^ Reaney, Percy Hilde; Wilson, Richard Middlewood (2006), A Dictionary of English Surnames (3rd ed.), London: Routledge, p. 2626, ISBN 0-203-99355-1 
  4. ^ McDonald, RA (2007). Manx Kingship in its Irish Sea Setting, 1187–1229: King Rǫgnvaldr and the Crovan Dynasty. Dublin: Four Courts Press. p. 13. ISBN 978-1-84682-047-2.