Russell name meaning

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

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

Origin and Meaning of Russell

User Submitted Origins

African American

User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from North Carolina, U.S. says the name Russell means "Red Haired".
  2. A user from Maine, U.S. says the name Russell means "Red hair or red skin".
  3. A user from the United Kingdom says the name Russell means "Russ Russians = The Reds = Russ +. El = god.= Russell = Red-god!!!. Only Hyperthetical but seems to suite me just fine".
  4. According to a user from the United Kingdom, the name Russell means "Red".
  5. A submission from India says the name Russell means "Enigmatic, rich and successful" and is of English origin.
  6. A submission from Illinois, U.S. says the name Russell means "Rich , success".
  7. A submission from New Zealand says the name Russell means "Related to wealthiness. Of European origin, probably around Scotland or The Netherlands" and is of Dutch origin.
  8. According to a user from Canada, the name Russell is of English origin and means "To make a noise".
  9. A user from the United Kingdom says the name Russell means "Daddy".
  10. A user from Missouri, U.S. says the name Russell is of English origin and means "He is so cute".
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  1. English philosopher and mathematician who collaborated with Whitehead (1872-1970)
  2. Irish writer whose pen name was A.E. (1867-1935)
  3. United States astronomer who developed a theory of stellar evolution (1877-1957)
  4. United States entertainer remembered for her roles in comic operas (1861-1922)
  5. United States basketball center (born in 1934)
  6. English film director (born in 1927)
  7. United States religious leader who founded the sect that is now called Jehovah's Witnesses (1852-1916)

From Anglo-Norman

  1. An English, Scottish and Irish surname​ from the Norman nickname for someone with red hair.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname. Diminutive: Russ.
  3. A city, the county seat of Russell County, Kansas, United States.
  4. A small town in the Far North District of the North Island, New Zealand.

Notable Persons Named Russell

Notable Persons Named Russell

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook is a basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the National Basketball Association. He was most prominent from 2008 to present. Russell was born on November 12th, 1988 in Long Beach, California.

Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe is an actor, producer, musician, and director. He was most active from 1985 to present. Russell was given the name Russell Ira Crowe on April 7th, 1964 in Strathmore Park.

Russell Brand

Russell was given the name Russell Edward Brand on June 4th, 1975 in Grays.

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson is a football player for the Seattle Seahawks. He was most prominent from 2012 to present. Russell was born on November 29th, 1988 in Cincinnati.

Ol' Dirty Bastard

Ol' Dirty Bastard was a hip hop music rapping. His most notable accomplishments were from 1989 to 2004. Ol' was given the name Russell Tyrone Jones on November 15th, 1968 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. Ol' is also known as ODB, BZA, Ason Unique, Osirus, The Specialist, Dirt McGirt, Big Baby Jesus, Young Dirty, Ol' Dirty Blocks, Dirt Dog, RJ Tha Mad Specialist, Ol' Dirty Chinese Restaurant, and Joe Bananas. He passed away on November 13th, 2004.

Russell Peters

Russell Peters is a satire, observational comedy, improvisational theatre, and black comedy comedian. Russell was given the name Russell Dominic Peters on September 29th, 1970 in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Russell

Notable Persons With the Last Name Russell

Kurt Russell

Kurt Russell is an actor. His ongoing career started in 1962. Kurt was given the name Kurt Vogel Russell by his parent Bing Russell on March 17th, 1951 in Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.

Keri Russell

Keri Russell is an actress and dancer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1991 to present. Keri was given the name Keri Lynn Russell on March 23rd, 1976 in Fountain Valley, California, U.S.

Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell was a philosopher. Bertrand was born on May 18th, 1872 in Trellech, Monmouthshire, United Kingdom. He died on February 2nd, 1970.

Wyatt Russell

Wyatt Russell is an actor and hockey player. He was most prominent from 1996 to present. Wyatt was given the name Wyatt Hawn Russell by his parents Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn on July 10th, 1986 in Los Angeles.

Bill Russell

Bill Russell is a basketball player for the Boston Celtics. His most notable accomplishments were from 1956 to 1969. Bill was born on February 12th, 1934 in Monroe, Louisiana.


Chumlee is a businessman and tv personality. He has had major accomplishments since 2003. Chumlee was given the name Austin Russell on September 8th, 1982. Chumlee is also known as Russell and Austin.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Russell U.S.
  White 77.05% 64.26%
  African American 16.69% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.57% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.05% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.18% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.46% 16.26%

Of Last Name Russell

People with the last name Russell are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Russell

  • What name lists does Russell rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Russell? Russell is the 196th most popular name of all time. As a last name Russell was the 104th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Russell have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 356,168 babies born with the first name Russell in the United States. That's more than enough people named Russell to occupy the country of Bahamas with an estimated population of 353,658 (as of May 3, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Russell? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 62 new born babies.
  • When was Russell first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Russell is Tuesday, April 22nd, 1800.
  • What year had the most people named Russell born? The highest recorded use of the first name Russell was in 1959 with a total of 7,476 babies. That's a lot of babies named Russell!
  • Random Russell Factoid: According to the 1962 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Russell ranks 60th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Oregon. Imagine that, 75 babies in Oregon have the same name in 1962.
  • Weird things about the name Russell: The name spelled backwards is Llessur. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Lrluses. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Russell? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 221,558 people with the last name Russell.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Russell? Russell was ranked as the 104th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
  • Russell name meaning

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