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Runner-Up Names for the Red-Nosed Reindeer

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We’re all familiar with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, thanks to the catchy Christmas song.

But the character was around for a full decade before the song came out. He originated in a 1939 children’s book by Robert L. May.

May, a copywriter at Montgomery Ward, wrote the book as part of the retailer’s annual holiday promotion. More than two million copies of Rudolph were handed out to shoppers nationwide that year.

One of May’s handwritten notes from that era reveals that, before he’d settled on the name “Rudolph” for the red-nosed reindeer, he’d considered the following alliterative R-names:

  • Rodney
  • Roddy
  • Roderick
  • Rudolph
  • Rudy
  • Rollo
  • Roland
  • Reggy
  • Reginald
  • Romeo

The two names he’d circled were Rudolph and Reginald — the top two contenders, no doubt. (Sources say he decided Reginald was “too British,” and Rollo “too happy.”)

Robert L. May’s songwriter brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, later turned Rudolph’s story into a song. Gene Autry recorded “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” in mid-1949 and it became a massive hit that Christmas. (Autry followed it up with “Frosty the Snowman” in 1950.)

So now imagine you’ve gone back in time, oh, say, 78 years. Your copywriter friend Rob sends you a telegram asking for your assistance in naming a fictional reindeer character he’s writing about, for work. He includes a list of ten possibilities. Which name do you select?

What would you have named the red-nosed reindeer?

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Or, if you’re not keen on any of these, feel free to comment with a write-in candidate. Just be sure it starts with R!

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Baby Name Needed – Boy Name that Starts with R

A reader named Anna is expecting a baby boy. His middle name will be Anderson. She’d like his first name to begin with the letter R.

The baby’s father’s name is Rei, so I’m not sure if he and Anna are looking for another short R-name, but I threw a few in just in case:

Radley
Rafferty
Ramsey
Raphael
Reece
Reeve
Reginald
Regis
Reid
Rex
Richard
Ridley
Ritter
Robert
Roderick
Rodney
Roger
Ronald
Roscoe
Royce
Rudy
Rupert
Russell
Ryder

I also added a handful of surnames, and avoided traditional forenames that end with -n and -nd (because they would run up against the An-/And- of Anderson.)

Do you like any of the above R-names with Anderson? What others would you suggest?