Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Ronnie

Ronnie is the English diminutive and pet form of Ronald, which itself is the anglicized version of an old Scandinavian personal name (Rögnvaldr) derived from the Old Norse elements “regin” meaning “advice, decision” (i.e., in the sense of “the gods”) and “valdr” meaning “ruler”. Rögnvaldr basically means “with god’s guidance” or “wise ruler”. The name was brought first to northern England and Scotland by way of the Viking invaders and Scandinavian settlers in the early Middle Ages; later to be borne by a 12th century Scottish/Norwegian saint, Ragnvald Kale Kollsson (also known as St. Ronald or St. Ronald of Orkney). St. Ronald was a warrior chieftain in the Orkney Islands, Scotland, and is credited with building the cathedral St. Magnus at Kirkwall in 1137. Ronald was later murdered by a group of rebelling warriors and was venerated as a martyr at Kirkwall. He was canonized before the century was over. Ronald was a regularly used name in Scotland during medieval times and became wide-spread among all English-speaking nations by the 19th century. Ronnie has been used both as a pet form for Ronald and as an independently given name in its own right. Ronnie is also sometime considered a female pet name for Veronica.

All About the Baby Name – Ronnie

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME RONNIE

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME RONNIE

American parents started using Ronnie as an independently given name in lieu of Ronald during the 1920s. Ronnie was used with enough frequency as a stand-alone name to make the Top 1000 list in 1928. Meanwhile, at the same point in U.S. naming history, Ronald was fast becoming a hyper-trendy baby boy’s name (pretty much a Top 10 favorite during the 1930s and 40s). So clearly Ronnie was riding the wave of popularity being created by his bigger brother. The height of Ronnie’s usage came in the 1940s and 50s when the name landed a Top 100 position for more than 20 consecutive years. Although as the excitement over Ronald began to wear off, so too did it for Ronnie. Both of these names are classic mid-century (like Larry and Jerry). Ronnie is really a nickname, so using it as a legally given first name demonstrates a pretty relaxed and unfussy naming style.

Quick Facts

ON RONNIE

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

743

PRONUNCIATION:

RAHN-nee

SIMPLE MEANING:

Wise ruler; with the guidance of the gods

Characteristics

OF RONNIE

Communicative

Creative

Optimistic

Popular

Social

Dramatic

Happy

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Ronnie

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME RONNIE

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Ronnie

Popular Songs

ON RONNIE

Ronnie and Neil
a song by Drive-By Truckers

Ronnie
a song by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Robots for Ronnie
a song by Crack The Sky

Bye Bye Ronnie
a song by MDC

Famous People

NAMED RONNIE

Ronald "Ronnie" Wood (guitarist/bassist for The Rolling Stones)
Ronald “Ronnie” Lott (football player)
Ronald “Ronnie” Van Zant (musician)
Ronnie Milsap (country musician)
Ronald "Ronnie" O'Sullivan (English snooker champion)
Ronald "Ronnie" James Dio (heavy metal musician)
Ronnie Peterson (Swedish car racer)
Ronnie Scott (English jazz musician)
Ronnie Brown (football player)

Children of Famous People

NAMED RONNIE

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

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME RONNIE

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