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Quick Facts on Reed

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 321
Simple meaning:
Red, Ruddy complexion

Characteristics of Reed

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Reed

The name Reed comes from an Olde English surname (variant spellings include Reade, Reede and Reide). The simplest etymology of the name comes from the Olde English word “read” meaning ‘red’. In this case, the surname would have developed from a nickname, signifying a person with red hair and a ruddy complexion. It could have also come from a topographical name, denoting a person who lived in a wood clearing (from “ried, ryd”). Lastly, Reed could have come from various places in England (Read in Lancashire, Rede in Suffolk and Reed in Hertfordshire). Respectively, these three locations borrowed their names from other Olde English words that range from ‘headlands of female deer’ and ‘reeds’ or ‘brushwood’. The first written appearance of this old surname predated the Domesday Book and was recorded as Reade. The masculine name Reid is considered more Scottish while Reed is typically thought of as English.

Popularity of the Name Reed

While Reed has maintained a constant position on the American male naming charts, the name has never achieved anything beyond low to moderate usage. It’s just one of those names that each year somewhere between 500 and 1000 little boys will get. As such, Reed is a familiar name (having been around for a long time) but is far from being trendy or overused; In fact, Reed has never been a name of particular fashion. It’s a simple, straight-forward, one-syllable name. There’s nothing pretentious or fancy about it. It just has that cheerful ‘ruddy’ quality that makes it a charming choice for a little red-headed baby boy. Reed could also be considered a musically inspired name since they are mouthpieces on most woodwind instruments proving the vibration behind the sound. From this perspective, Reed has a certain “jazzy” quality which is appealing. Today, many people feel that Reed (or Reid) are nice sounding middle names, but perhaps a little too boring as a first name by the standards of today’s naming fashions. Although with surnames being all the rage these days, Reed is definitely one of the oldest last names in use as a given name making him quite the trailblazer from that perspective.
Popularity of the Boy Name Reed
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Reed

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Reed

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Reed

    Reed We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Reed.

  • Popular Songs on Reed

    Popular Songs on Reed

    A Bruised Reed - a song by Vic & Eva Zarley

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Reed

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Reed

    Lightning Reed (Carroll B. Pulis) - Kindle Edition. Meet Lightning Reed--A Mighty Fine Steed, a horse with a winner's reputation. The beautiful sorrel with lightning bolts on his coat has traversed many landscapes and encountered many friends. This vivid poem will be enjoyed by all animal lovers, especially horse lovers, everywhere! Recommended for ages 8-11.

    Reed's Music Shop (Bonnie Worth) - Play along with Nick Jr.'s Allegra all of the musical instruments at Reed's Music Shop. Recommended for ages 3-7.

  • Famous People Named Reed

    Famous People Named Reed

    Famous People Named Reed - Reed Diamond (actor); Reed Doughty (football player); Reed Hadley (actor); Reed Hastings (entrepreneur, founder of Netflix); Reed Johnson (baseball player); Reed Whittemore (poet)

  • Children of Famous People Named Reed

    Children of Famous People Named Reed

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Reed - Ron Howard (actor/director)

  • Historic Figures

    Reed - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Reed - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Reed.

Personality of the Boy Name Reed

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Reed

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