Meaning: Its source is Rögnvaldr, an Old Norse name meaning "Ruler's counselor."
Languages: This boy's name is used in English.
Nickname For: Ronald
Popularity: The name Ronnie ranked 520th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 158th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
This name is highly rated in the 1990 U.S. Census popularity survey of all ages, but after 1960 does not appear in the state data listing the most popular baby names.
Narrative: Ronald emerged among the Scots, and was not widely used in the rest of the English-speaking world until the end of the 19th century. It has had its ups and downs since then.
Most recently, the influence of a ubiquitous hamburger-selling clown has been counterbalanced by that of Ronald Reagan, the former film star who was twice elected to the American presidency.
Older English speakers might send young prospective parents to the video store to check out one of the films of British actor Ronald Coleman (1898-1958), whose suaveness and romantic demeanor influenced use of the name earlier in the century.
Arts and Music
- Ronnie Milsap (born 1944)
- Winner of eight Country Music Association awards, in 1974-78 and 1986 (see list of Country Music Association Award Winners)
Stage and Screen
- Ronnie Claire Edwards
- Portrayed Corabeth Godsey (see list of Actors on ''The Waltons'')
- Ronnie Steiner
- 1950s Mouseketeer (see list of 1950s Mickey Mouse Club)
The Literary World
- Ronnie DuBay
- Delivered chainfall to Camber''s in Stephen King''s novel Cujo (see list of Characters in Cujo)
Meaning: Its source is Berenike, a Greek name meaning "Bringer of victory."
Nickname For: Veronica
Popularity: The name Ronnie ranked 1511th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
Though this name has fluctuated in use, it has been quietly present throughout the last century.
Narrative: St. Veronica was said to have offered Jesus a cloth to wipe his face as he faltered on his way to crucifixion. She obtained a miraculous ''true image'' (in Latin a vera icon) of Jesus' face on the cloth. Some commentators prefer to derive Veronica from the Latin phrase associated with the Christian saint, rather than from the name of the pagan Greek goddess of victory, Nike.
Compare this to St. Jerome's association of Mary with the Latin phrase stella maris (meaning ''star of the sea''), despite the more widely supported derivation from the Hebrew name Miryam, meaning ''wished-for child.''
The Literary World
- Ronnie Ventana
- Created by author Gloria White (see list of Fictional Detectives)