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Language(s)Old Norse
Derivationregin + valdr
Meaning"advice", "decision" + "ruler"
Other names
Short form(s)Ron
Pet form(s)Roni, Ronnie, Ronny
Related namesRaghnall, Ronalda, Rhona

Ronald is a masculine given name derived from the Old Norse Rögnvaldr.[2] In some cases Ronald is an Anglicised form of the Gaelic Raghnall, a name likewise derived from Rögnvaldr.[3] The latter name is composed of the Old Norse elements regin ("advice", "decision") and valdr ("ruler").[4] Ronald was originally used in England and Scotland, where Scandinavian influences were once substantial, although now the name is common throughout the English-speaking world.[2] A short form of Ronald is Ron.[2] Pet forms of Ronald include Roni,[5] and Ronnie.[2] A feminine form of Ronald is Ronalda.[6] Rhona, a modern name apparently only dating back to the late nineteenth century, may have originated as a feminine form of Ronald.[7] The names Renaud/Renault and Reynold/Reinhold are cognates from French and German respectively. Already the name Ronaldo is a cognate from Spanish and Portuguese.

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