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The first name 
Russell

Russell is a male first name. In very rare cases it is also used for girls.

Russell – popular and common in the US!

The name Russell isn’t among the current fashionable names in our top 10 stats, but nonetheless, it’s still very popular and common. In our SmartGenius ranking of all boys names, Russell ranks 381. Recently, out of every 10,000 newborn boys, approximately 5 were named Russell. In total, there are currently 345,628 people – children, adults and seniors – named Russell living in the United States, which is approximately 0.10 % of the entire population.

You won't believe all there is 
to discover about the name
 
Russell

What does the name 
Russell mean?

Russell originated from a surname, which derived from the French word russel (and Old Norse ‘rossel’) for ‘red-haired’.

In English-speaking countries,.. Russell was a very popular name until the 1970s, since then its use has been in steady decline.

Russell -
someone you can count on

Russell is the epitome of perseverance. Every year since first names have been registered in the U.S., parents have come up with the idea of naming their son Russell. This means that several boys named Russell have witnessed significant events such as the first Nobel Prize ceremony, the moon landing, the release of the first cell phone, or the turn of the millennium. The first name Russell has reached its best rank of #48 multiple times, most recently in 1922. The name has also been in the top 100 for many years. This makes Russell one of the most popular names of all time.

In years where the graph has no value, the name Russell was given less than five times or even none at all in the entire USA.

Russell in 2022 – still quite popular

Russell will be Russell. Like every other year, there have been newborns named Russell in 2022 – in fact 860 to be precise, confirming Russell as is still a very popular first name. In this most recent year for which US-wide statistics are available, the name ranked #360 among all boys‘ names. For comparison, the least popular year for this first name was 2009, when only 646 baby boys were named Russell.

Russell -
well known in all states of the USA, most popular in Montana

There are only 386 different male names registered in every single state in the U.S., and Russell is one of them. However, Russell is not equally widespread in all states, but people in Montana seem to particularly fancy this name – the 2,035 men called Russell who live here are 0,387% of all male residents and push their name up to #57 in our SmartGenius statistics, easily placing it in the top 100 most common male names in Montana. If you look at all the states in the USA together, you can currently find as many as 345,628 people with the name Russell. Across all regions and age groups, this lands Russell on position 94 in our SmartGenius ranking of the top male names – of course, the current popularity as a baby name for newborns looks somewhat different, as you can see from the statistics above.

Russell has 7 letters 
and begins with an R

Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter R is quite common as an initial letter for boys’ names. To be precise, 5.2% of all boys' names in the US begin with this letter. The most common first letters of boys' names, by the way, are J, A and D.

With seven letters, the name Russell has a typical length for first names in the US. In fact, 26% of all common first names consist of exactly seven letters. 52% of all first names are shorter, while 22% have eight letters or more. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long. There are no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.

Therefore: As 5.2% of all boys' names start with R, this initial letter occurs much more often than all 26 letters on average. And maybe interesting to know: of all the names that begin with an R, Robert is the most common.

With hands, flags and sounds 
How to say Russell

If your name is Russell and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...

This is how you spell the name Russell

So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Russell, you can simply say:

Rocket

Unicorn

Sun

Sun

Elephant

Lion

Lion

This is how the name Russell is spelled in the NATO phonetic alphabet

The NATO alphabet often helps people spell words on the phone or radio when there are communication problems.

How do you write Russell in Braille?

Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.

Russell

Russell

You want to tell a deaf person that your name is Russell

Just use American Sign Language!

The name Russell is particularly colorful in the Semaphore flag signaling system!

These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.

R
U
S
S
E
L
L

Have you ever waved the name Russell

In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.

R
U
S
S
E
L
L

Beeping like crazy...

In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Russell sounds like this: