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Ronald (m) The most popular form in Scotland,
especially this century, of the Old English name
Regenweald or Norse Rögnvaldr, ‘power-might.’ Other
forms, which were formerly much in use, include Ranald
and Reginald. Reynold is yet another variant. Ronald
was 37th most frequently used name in Scotland in 1888,
14th in 1935, 22nd in 1958, but it now seems to be
liitle used.

The name became popular in England and Wales around 1925, then reached the U.S.A. in force some twenty years later. In these countries too, however, it is now out of fashion. The Gaelic form is Raghnall. Rona is probably used in some cases as a feminine form of Ronald.

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