RAMSEY (Settlement) English
Means "garlic island", derived from Old English hramsa
"garlic" and eg
"island". This is the name of villages in England.
RAVENNA (Settlement) Italian
Means unknown, probably of Etruscan origin. This is the name of a city in Italy.
RAYNE (Settlement) English
Possibly from an Old English word meaning "shelter". This is the name of a town in Essex.
RENNES (Settlement) French, English
From Latin Condate Riedonum
, derived from the name of the Gaulish tribe of the Redones. This is the name of a town in Brittany, France.
ROE (River) Irish
Possibly from Irish rua
meaning "red". This is the name of a river in Ireland.
ROMAGNA (Region & Political Subdivision) Italian, English, German
From Latin ROMANIA
, in this case the name of a historic region on the Adriatic coast of Italy (part of the modern administrative region of Emilia-Romagna).
ROMANIA (Country & Region) English, Italian, Ancient Roman
From Latin meaning "land of the Romans" (see ROME
). This is the name of a country in eastern Europe, so named in the 16th century because of its historic and linguistic connections to the Roman Empire.... [more]
ROME (Settlement) English, French, Dutch
Meaning uncertain, from Latin Roma
. This is the name of the capital city of Italy, formerly the capital of the Roman Kingdom, Republic and Empire. According to legend the city was named for ROMULUS
ROMILEY (Settlement) English
From Old English rum
"roomy, spacious" and leah
"woodland, clearing". This was the name of a town that is now part of Greater Manchester.
ROMILLY (Settlement) French
From the Latin name Romilius
, a derivative of ROMULUS
. This is the name of several communes in northern France.
ROSS (Region & Settlement) Scottish
From Scottish Gaelic ros
meaning "promontory". This is the name of a historic region in northern Scotland, as well as towns in Scotland and northern England.
ROSSUM (Settlement) Dutch
From the older Rotheheim
, derived from Dutch rothe
"cleared area in a forest" and heim
"home". This is the name of a town in Gelderland in the Netherlands.
ROYSTON (Settlement) English
Means "Royse's town" in Old English. The given name Royse
was a medieval variant of ROSE
. This is the name of a town in Hertfordshire.
RUDAWA (River) Polish
Meaning unknown. This is the name of a river in Poland, near Krakow.
RUTHERFORD (Settlement) Scottish
From Old English hryðer
"cattle" and ford
"ford, river crossing". This was the name of a town in southern Scotland.
RYLEY (Settlement) English
From Old English ryge
"rye" and leah
"woodland, clearing". This is the name of a town in Lancashire, England.