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Origin: French
Meaning: Red

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Russell

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Russell in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Russell:

  • Records indicate that 348,780 boys in the United States have been named Russell since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1960, when 7,484 people in the U.S. were given the name Russell. Those people are now 61 years old.

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    Comments about the name Russell

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      9 Positive Comments

  • "I was named after my parents best friends, the Russell's. A name of honor I've had for 55+ years." Jul. 7, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "It?s my maiden name and now my sons name, so he will be named after my dad. I like it; it?s different but not crazy or trend driven. I hope he does when he?s older haha" Apr. 29, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Russell after my dad. He is the man I admired and respected. He has always been called Russell. He has never been called by a nickname." Jan. 28, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My dad's name is Russell and my name is Russell. Growing up, it was always Rusty. Still sometimes Rusty, mostly Russell, rarely Russ." Oct. 2, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Russel with one L see people complaining that other people spell their name with one L what's funny I never have someone spell my name right I always have to tell them one out LOL never met anybody name Russell with the same spelling they always have two l's and all of those nicknames every Russel or Russell has heard them" Jun. 11, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like the name. I've been named it my whole life. Usually go by Russ. Some people call me Russell and only my Mom has called me Rusty. Been called Russell the muscle by an employer while in High School. Called Russell the Love Muscle at times also. Not sure how I should take that one." Feb. 26, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "Son is Russell. Just liked the sound of it. Russell the muscle, no fuss russ, russell bussle....still working on the nicknames. My daughter likes saying Rrrrrrrussell, which has made him laugh ever since he was a baby. He is still a toddler but folks would echo the sentiments that he fits 2/1/06's description as athletic and good looking, but you have to add sweet and smart too ;)" Jul. 1, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Russell, and I only knew one Russell in school growing up. I rarely ever run into Russells, which is odd, considering I expected the name to soar in popularity once Russell Crowe hit the scene. Everyone always misspells it with one L. When someone asks my name and they are writing it down, I automatically say "Russell with two L's" because I know they would write it with one otherwise. Sigh." Jan. 28, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like the name, but people keep dropping the second "l" from the end." Oct. 19, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "It's my name. I was born in 1962 right at the peak. I've never liked it. Would rather be named Tico" Oct. 29, 2019: Report as inappropriate

      12 Neutral Comments

  • "I have owned the name for 79 years. The only thing that has bothered me a wee bit is misspelling it with one l. But I am a bit annoyed when folks in Mexico--where I now live--call me Roocell. And that is the common way of pronouncing the name, as the u sound is pronounced ooh. Even when I try to get locals to pronounce it as in English speaking countries they have a tough time of it, so I have given up and now put up with it. But it always pinches me a bit when they say my name. Can't quite get used to it and now it is going on10 years." Feb. 20, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like my name Russell. Hardly anybody calls me Rusty, dislike Russ intensely. It?s an unusual name currently, I wonder why there aren?t more Russell?s in 2020" Mar. 1, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have no clue why my parents named me RUSSELL LOL" Oct. 3, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like the fact that it's been around for a long time, i.e. starting in the 1880's, not a trendy name. Reflects a little thought on the part of the parents for choosing it. Actually when I was growing up I was called 'Rusty' but by high school I was saying no more to that... now I think I made too much of it. There are some pretty cool 'Rusty's' in the world too." May. 7, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "hi! my dad's called Russell, he likes his name,most people call him Russ and one person calls him Rusty and his name is Fozo,i call him dad xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.Maddi age 7" Jan. 23, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my boyfriend is called russell but I always call him russ ha, his name reminds me of sprouts, I call him russy for short haa although I doubt he would like that infront of his friends" Jan. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "hi im zoe my das name is RUSSELL he seems 2 like it its not 2 bad i suppose" May. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Russell, by birth, but I refuse to be called that. I go by Russ. I am a junior and my parents were woefully unoriginal, so I got stuck with it. It sucked as a kid, but it's ok now as an adult. I either go by Russ (formally) or Deuce (personally), due to being a junior. Don't get me started on people mistakenly calling me Ross, dropping the last "L" or bringing up the Ross/Russ Friends episode. Rusty is a no-no. People have gotten knocked out for calling me Rusty (as a teen), but it doesn't sound so bad now, as an adult. Pretty much the only people who ever call me Russell are my mother and sister, and only then when I'm in trouble for something. lol" Mar. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "a good nickname to call a russell is Brussell Sprouts" Dec. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My older son, now aged 40, is named Russell. He was named after Bertand Russell who was his father's hero - and Russell sounded a lot nicer than Bertrand! He's not red haired but the name still seems to suit him, and I've had no indication that he doesn't like it." Oct. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is uncommon but not weird. I used to dislike my name but as I've gotten older it has kind of grown on me. My wife loves it & talked me into naming our son Junior. Can't stand it when it is spelled with just one L or shortened to Russ. Don't even get me started on Rusty; hate it. The name is Russell." Aug. 31, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Great name! Every Russell I have known has been atheletic and good-looking." Feb. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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