Rigel name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Rigel mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Rigel

User Submitted Origins


User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from Italy says the name Rigel means "A blue-white supergiant star".
  2. A user from Finland says the name Rigel means "Rigel is one of the most brightest stars, a blue supergiant".
  3. According to a user from New York, U.S., the name Rigel is of Arabic origin and means "Foot or star in the constellation Orion".
  4. A user from Finland says the name Rigel means "Star in the night sky".
  5. According to a user from Philippines, the name Rigel means "Lovable".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ri"gel
A fixed star of the first magnitude in the left foot of the constellation Orion.

Etymology: Ar. rijl, properly, foot

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The brightest star in Orion

A corruption of Arabic رِجْل‎ (rijl, “foot, leg”), in the Arabic name اَلرِّجْل اَلْجَبَّار (ar-rijl al-jabbār, “the foot of the great one”).

  1. (astronomy) A blue supergiant star in the constellation Orion; Beta (β) Orionis. The seventh brightest star in the night sky.

Rigel was also found in the following language(s): Cebuano and Italian

Notable Persons With the Last Name Rigel

Notable Persons With the Last Name Rigel

Henri-Joseph Rigel

Henri-Joseph was born in 1741 in Wertheim am Main. He passed away in 1799.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Rigel U.S.
  White 91.48% 64.26%
  African American 2.46% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.62% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.79% 16.26%

Of Last Name Rigel

People with the last name Rigel are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Rigel

  • How Popular is the name Rigel? Rigel is the 16,347th most popular name of all time. As a last name Rigel was the 36,630th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Rigel have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 525 babies born with the first name Rigel in the United States. That's more than enough people named Rigel to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Rigel? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1976 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Rigel first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Rigel is Sunday, July 23rd, 1882.
  • What year had the most people named Rigel born? The highest recorded use of the first name Rigel was in 2016 with a total of 34 babies.
  • Random Rigel Factoid: According to the 2015 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rigel is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name in 2015.
  • Weird things about the name Rigel: The name spelled backwards is Legir. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Liegr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Rigel? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 610 people with the last name Rigel.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Rigel? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Rigel as their last name since less than 1 person in 476k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
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