Quick Facts on Reese
- Celtic, English, Welsh
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Etymology & Historical Origin - Reese
The name Reese is an anglicized version of the Welsh male name Rhys, and is an expanded form of the original English spelling Rees. The Welsh Rhys comes from an old Celtic word meaning ‘ardour, passion.’ The name is traditionally male but has experienced a gender-crossover in “reese’nt” years, particularly in America. The Welsh names “Ris” and “Rhys” would develop into several surnames from the original personal name in the later medieval period, but Rhys, Reese and Reece have become widespread forenames outside of Wales. In England, Scotland and Wales, Rhys and Reece are highly ranked boys’ names. The United States apparently prefers Reese (with an “s”) and they fancy it more as a girl’s name.
Popularity of the Name Reese
Reese is a unisex name in America, although it’s quite a bit more popular for little girls than for boys. On the American naming charts, the originally masculine Reese dates back to 1880 (as far as naming trends have been recorded). Over the course of 100 years, the name sort of languished on the charts. It wasn’t until the late 1980s that Reese for boys started to pick up steam. Between 1988 and 2001, the boy’s name Reese advanced over 600 positions on the popularity charts. Then something interesting happened. In the year 2000, Reese debuted on the popularity charts as a girl’s name. Intent on challenging her male counterpart, Reese jumped over 400 spots on the charts in two short years quickly bringing a feminine sensibility to the name. These years (2001-2003) happen to coincide with Reese Witherspoon’s mega-career. This adorable and talented actress brought her own name into the limelight and American parents responded. The female Reese quickly surpassed the popularity of the male Reese, and the two have been going in opposite directions on the charts ever since. This one-syllable name has a simple elegance combined with a Celtic/Welsh flavor making it an irresistible choice. It’s different but not obscure. It’s unpretentious but not boring. It’s confident and filled with understated “passion”. We love the name Reese for both girls and boys, but respectfully advocate the classical and original Welsh spelling Rhys for the little boys.
Popularity of the Boy Name Reese
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Reese
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Reese
Reese We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Reese.
Popular Songs on Reese
Reese - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Reese.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Reese
Reese Witherspoon (Maggie Murphy) - Presents a biography of Reese Witherspoon. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Famous People Named Reese
Famous People Named Reese - Reese Witherspoon (actress)
Children of Famous People Named Reese
Famous People Who Named Their Child Reese - Nolan Ryan (baseball player, son named Reese)
Reese - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Reese - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Reese.
Personality of the Boy Name Reese
The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth". Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.
Variations of the Baby Name - Reese