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Origin: Netherlands
Region Origin: Western Europe

Ronald is a masculine given name derived from the Old Norse Rögnvaldr, which means "ruler's counselor" or "ruler of decision". The name has strong Scandinavian influences and was originally used in England and Scotland, where Scandinavian influences were once substantial. The name is now common throughout the English-speaking world. The origin of the name Ronald comes from the Scottish form of the Old Norse name Ragnvaldr, which is derived from the Germanic name Reginold. The word "Reginold" is composed of two elements: "ragin" meaning "advice" or "decision" and "wald" meaning "ruler". In some cases, Ronald is an Anglicised form of the Gaelic Raghnall, a name also derived from Rögnvaldr. A short form of Ronald is Ron, and pet forms include Roni and Ronnie.

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