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Quick Facts on Ronald

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Nordic
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 403
RAHN-awld or RON-uld
Simple meaning:
Having God's power, Wise ruler

Characteristics of Ronald

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Ronald

Ronald is the anglicized form of an old Scandinavian personal name Rögnvaldr which is derived from the Old Norse elements “regin” meaning ‘advice, decision’ (also ‘the gods’) and “valdr” meaning ‘ruler’. The name was brought first to northern England and Scotland by way of the Viking invaders and Scandinavian settlers in the early Middle Ages. It was also borne by a 12th century Scottish/Norwegian saint, Ragnvald Kale Kollsson (also known as St. Ronald or St. Ronald of Orkney). He was a warrior chieftain in the Orkney Islands, Scotland, and is credited with building the cathedral St. Magnus at Kirkwall in 1137. Ronald was later murdered by a group of rebelling warriors and was venerated as a martyr at Kirkwall. He was canonized before the century was over. Ronald was a regularly used name in Scotland during medieval times and became wide-spread among all English-speaking nations by the 19th century.

Popularity of the Name Ronald

The name Ronald first appeared on the male naming charts in 1883. At first, the name achieved only low to moderate levels of success but by the 1920s, Ronald was headed straight for the Big Time. By the 1930s, the name was a Top 20 favorite. In fact, Ronald could be considered one of the more popular names of 20th century America. His best decade was no doubt the 1940s when the name Ronald was given to about 30,000 little boys a year! Ronald, Ronnie and Ron all have a very mid-century quality (like Gerry, Larry, Donald and Dennis). We also can’t help associating this name with the advertising clown for McDonald’s fast-food empire or with our nation’s 40th president, Ronald Reagan. In any case, Ronald was a Top 20 choice for little boys for almost 30 straight years (1930s, 40s and 50s) and the name maintained a spot on the Top 100 list for 65 straight years – finally falling off in 1991. As we’ve entered this new century, the name Ronald has clearly been left behind. It’s by far and away considered an out-dated choice within the current naming fashions of today. However, lest we forget about Ronald Weasley, a much-liked character and loyal friend to Harry Potter, who has helped a little to re-establish his outmoded name.
Popularity of the Boy Name Ronald
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Ronald

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Ronald

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Ronald

    Ronald Weasley (Harry Potter Series) Ron (along with Hermione) is Harry Potter's BFF at Hogwarts. He is the typical sidekick to Harry’s celebrity and Hermione’s brains often providing comic relief. Ronald is naturally insecure and intimidated by his famous family and others in the spot-light. He is fearful of not measuring up (even though he himself is a pureblood wizard). Yet Ron is smart and brave and always there for Harry. Hero himself? No, but it’s his loyalty to his friend that allows Harry to shine even more brightly as the hero.

  • Popular Songs on Ronald

    Popular Songs on Ronald

    Ronald - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Ronald.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Ronald

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Ronald

    Happy Birthday, Ronald Morgan! (Patricia Reilly Giff) - "It is the end of the school year, and Ronald's birthday comes one day too late to be celebrated at school… Giff has a way of recognizing the problems that beset children."--School Library Journal. Full color. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Ronald Morgan Goes to Bat (Patricia Reilly Giff) - The School Library Journal says: “Ronald is an awkward but enthusiastic baseball beginner who is grateful to be on the team. Initially discouraged because he cannot hit the ball, Ronald eventually discovers his error…and he starts to improve…The colorful, expressive illustrations are a bright asset." Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Uncle Ronald (Brian Doyle) - Humor and tragedy merge in this story of a family, and a culture, in crisis. At 112, Mickey McGuire is Canada's oldest citizen, but he remembers with perfect clarity the events beginning in Ottawa in 1895. That year, without investigating the cause of his daily fainting spells, school authorities decide that 12-year-old Mickey should stay home. But home is a problematic place, the site of frequent beatings of Mickey and his mother by his violent alcoholic father. Determined to spare her son further trauma, Mickey's mother sends him to stay on her family's farm run by her brother and twin sisters. Strong and tender, Uncle Ronald is wise in the ways of horses, geese, and men. When Mickey's mother arrives after a particularly savage beating, she is sure that her husband will follow. Meanwhile, armed federal troops have arrived at the farm to collect back taxes that no one can pay. Mickey's mother's sisters, the legendary O'Malley girls, are stalwart and shrewd in subverting the authorities' efforts. Uncle Ronald showcases Brian Doyle's firm grasp of time and place, and his distinctive storytelling voice weaves sound, sight, and disparate plot elements into a compelling whole. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Watch Out, Ronald Morgan! (Patricia Reilly Giff) - Ronald has many humorous mishaps until he gets a pair of eyeglasses. Includes a note for adults about children's eye problems. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Who Was Ronald Reagan? (Joyce Milton) - From his childhood in rural Illinois to moviemaking days in Hollywood and on to a career in politics that took him all the way to the Oval Office, Ronald Reagan kept an abiding faith in America and in what our country stood for. The oldest president ever, he survived a near-fatal assassination attempt and lived to be 93. Who Was Ronald Reagan? covers his life and times in a balanced, entertaining way for children. More than 100 black-and-white illustrations fill out the portrait of our fortieth president. Recommended for ages 7-10.

  • Famous People Named Ronald

    Famous People Named Ronald

    Famous People Named Ronald - Ronald Reagan (actor/U.S. President); Ronnie Wood (musician); Ron Paul (politician); Ronald H. Coase (Nobel Prize winner, economics); Ronald George Wreyford Norrish (Nobel Prize winner, chemistry); Ronald Ross (Nobel Prize winner, medicine); Ronald Bellamy (football player); Ronald Breslow (pioneer in organic chemistry); Ronald Colman (actor/entertainer); Ronald Curry (football player); Ronald Dupree (basketball player); Ronald Evans (astronaut); Ronald Fields (football player); Ronald Flemons (football player); Ronald Francis (hockey player); Ronald Scott (former lead singer of AC/DC); Ronald Joseph (figure skater); Ronald Ferguson (father of Sarah, Duchess of York); Ronnie James Dio (singer); Ronnie Drew (Irish singer and a founding member of The Dubliners); Ronald Hall (my beloved step-father, RIP)

  • Children of Famous People Named Ronald

    Children of Famous People Named Ronald

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Ronald - Estee Lauder (businesswoman); George Burns (comic/actor); Gracie Allen (comic/sidekick); Jerry Lewis (actor/comic); Jimmy Stewart (actor); Leslie Howard (actor); Ronald Reagan (actor/U.S. President); Tina Turner (singer)

  • Historic Figures

    Ronald - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Ronald Wilson Reagan (6 Feb 1911 - 5 Jun 2004) - Ronald Reagan was the 40th President of the United States serving two terms throughout the 1980s. Prior to that, Reagan was the Governor of California during the late 60s and 1970s. Previous to that, Ronald Reagan was a successful radio, film and television actor. What a life he had! As president, Reagan set about to fulfill his campaign promise to restore “the great confident roar of American progress and growth and optimism.” His presidency is remembered for his “Reaganomics” – which included the reduction of taxes, manipulating the money supply to reduce inflation, deregulation of industries and decreasing Government expenditures (except, that is, when it came to building up our military strength). America became prosperous again and Reagan was easily re-elected to a second term as national confidence soared. Reagan’s second term is remembered mainly for its foreign policies – the ending of the Cold War, the war with Libya and the disgraceful Iran-Contra situation (from which Reagan deftly distanced himself). Reagan would die 15 years after leaving office of Alzheimer’s disease, leading some to speculate over his “lucidness” during the last years of his presidency. Nonetheless, Ronald Reagan is remembered fondly (if not nostalgically) and still ranks high in public opinion polls. He is the last great hero of the Republican party.

Personality of the Boy Name Ronald

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Ronald

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