Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Randall

Randall developed as a medieval vernacular form of Randolf, a name brought to England by the Norman-French in the 11th century (although earlier forms of this name were introduced to the British Isles by Scandinavian settlers and Viking raiders). The French adopted the name from the Old Norse Randulfr from the Germanic elements “rand” meaning “rim, shield” and “úlfr” meaning “wolf”. Randall was a common personal name in England in the later Middle Ages when it also morphed into a surname. The name was also familiar to the Scots in reference to a late medieval ballad known as “Lord Randal” (considered one of the most well-known ballads in the world). The song follows a dialogue between Lord Randal and his mother wherein the listener discovers the “handsome young man” has been poisoned by his “true-love”. It’s contemporary popularity and subsequent endurance is owed to its unique style and timeless themes. Fast-paced, unnerving, climactic and tabloid-worthy, the story unfolds with a jarring, escalating tempo. Through the rapid-fire question and answer session between mother and son, the listener learns right along with the victim that he is about to die. In the last verses of the ballad, Lord Randal’s mother asks her dying son for his last will-and-testament. When asked “What d'ye leave to your true-love”, the betrayed Randal bequeaths eternal damnation to his mistress/murderess (“I leave her hell and fire”). The whole story is quite scandalous. Some believe that Lord Randal was modeled off of an early 13th century nobleman, Lord Randolf, the 6th Earl of Chester, who – some speculated – was poisoned by his wife. The timeless themes of young love and betrayal, of promise and defeat, and of death and damnation, all but guaranteed the endurance of this old Anglo-Scottish folk song. And Randal is smack-dab in the center of the drama.

All About the Baby Name – Randall

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME RANDALL

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME RANDALL

Randall saw some sporadically low usage in America during the late 19th century and into the early part of the 20th. It really wasn’t until the 1920s when Randall began to show some promise. The name kept climbing all the way up to the Top 100 list. The 1950s and 1960s were by far the best decades for old medieval Randall; the name reached its apex at position #53 on the Top 1000 list in 1955. These were the popular years for names like Donald, Ronald, Kenneth and Gary. Today, however, all of these names are considered out-dated and out of style. Randall went in the same direction as these others (i.e., backwards), but really saw significant decline in the 1990s and 2000s. In fact, Randall is in danger of falling off the Top 1000 list for the first time in over 100 years if parents don’t unearth him again soon. There’s something very stately about this name – very English and very proper. A lone, proud wolf.

Quick Facts

ON RANDALL

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

833

PRONUNCIATION:

RAN-dəl

SIMPLE MEANING:

Shield of the wolf

Characteristics

OF RANDALL

Authoritative

Powerful

Tough

Tenacious

Wealthy

Problem-solver

Achiever

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Randall

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME RANDALL

Randall Flagg is a recurring villainous figure in Stephen King’s horror fiction, making his first appearance in 1978’s The Stand and playing larger parts in The Dark Tower series. Always “The Dark Man”, Randall Flagg epitomizes the possibility for evil within every human being. His various incarnations take him from being a Klansman to being one of the kidnappers of Patty Hearst. He is always “en scene”. He has the ability to torture, terrify and tantalize, all at the same time. It seems that, in the totality of his evil, he has the particular talent to make all of the rest of us into “heroes” – we just can’t help but look good by comparison. Still and all, a fine sounding name.

Rebecca is Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm in the Kate Douglas Wiggins’ childrens’ classic of 1903. It was also made into a popular 1938 movie starring – you guessed it – Shirley Temple. Rebecca is an irrepressible 10 year old girl from an impoverished family who goes to live with her two paternal aunts at the beginning of the novel, and a lovely and still high spirited, young woman at the end. In between she alternately charms and exasperates her aunts and the townspeople, makes new friends, and matures into a generous human being. It is a lovely look at a more innocent time, but lest you think it too saccharine, remember that two giants of American literature, Jack London and Mark Twain, were among the first to welcome and praise this heroine.

Popular Songs

ON RANDALL

Randall
a song by Wheatus [explicit]

Lord Randall
a song by Harry Belafonte

Famous People

NAMED RANDALL

Randall Cunningham (football player)
Randall Jarrell (American poet/writer)
Randall Davidson (former Archbishop of Canterbury)
Randall Garrett (American sci-fi writer)

Children of Famous People

NAMED RANDALL

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Randall

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME RANDALL

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Randall