Rainey

Origin: Gaelic, English

Meaning: from what I could find, it’s a Scottish or Irish surname, the Anglicized form of Gaelic O’Raighne meaning “descendent of Raonull”, the latter being either a form of Ronald which means “advice,counsel +power,ruler” or a form of Reynold meaning “advice+rule”.

It can also be a variant spelling of English rainy.

Variants: Rainy

Riley

Origin: English, Irish

Meaning: from an English surname meaning “rye clearing”.

It’s also a variant spelling of Reilly, an Irish surname of unknown meaning from given name Raghailleach, though I have seen it listed as possibly meaning “valiant” or “courageous”.

Variants: Reilly, Ryley, Rylie, Rylee, Ryleigh

Rami

Origin: Arabic, Hebrew, Indian

رامي (Arabic)

רמי (Hebrew)

Meaning: in Arabic it either comes from the verb rami (رامي) meaning “to throw” referring to either an archer or a good marksman; or it could be from ram (رام) meaning “to wish, to aim at, to dream, to be ambitious”.

Rami is also from Hebrew Ram (רָם) meaning “high, exalted” as well as being a short form of either Rahamim, which could mean “compassionate” or “affectionate” or Yermiyahu, the Hebrew form of Jeremiah meaning “Yahhew has uplifted”.

Rami is also a surname, both in Arabic and in Indian, the latter deriving from Rama meaning “pleasing” or “charming”.

Roland

Origin: Germanic

Meaning: from Germanic elements hrod “fame” and land “land” meaning “famous land”.

Rolande is the French feminine form of the name, while Rolanda is also a feminine form of the name.

Variants: Rolland, Rowalnd, Orlando (Italian), Rolando (Italian, Spanish)

Remora

Origin: Latin

Meaning: from Latin remora meaning “delay”. It’s a genus of fish, also known as suckerfish, because they attach themselves to other fish and boats. The remora actually got their name in the belief that their attaching themselves to the boats slowed them down.

Mr. Remora is a teacher in Book 5 (The Austere Academy) who loved eating bananas, had a tendency of telling tedious stories, and expected his students to remember all the details.

Rey

Origin: Spanish

Meaning: “king” from Latin rex, regis. It could also be a form of Reynard, from Germanic Raginhard composed of elements ragin “advice” and hard “brave, hardy”

Interestingly enough, Renard is the French word for fox, based on the medieval fables of Reynard the fox, an anthropomorphic red fox who was a trickster and often deceived or played tricks on other animals.

Rey also comes from Old English roege meaning “female roe deer”, which referred to someone of a nervous temperament.