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What does Rea mean?

Rea Pronunciation of Rea [rea] as a girls' name is a Greek and Danish name, and Rea means "flowing". Rea is an alternate spelling of Rhea (Greek). Rea is also a form of Ria (Danish): variant of Maria.

Associated with: greek.


Rea has 5 variants: Reya, Rhae, Rhaya, Rhia and Rie.

Creative forms:
(female) Rela, Riea, ..

(male) Redy, Relo, ..

Middle name pairings:
Rea Frances (R.F.), ..

How popular is Rea?

Rea is a somewhat popular first name for women (#3614 out of 4276, Top 85%) and an even more popular last name for both adults and children (#2423 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Rea entered the list in 1890-1899 and reached its peak position of #1657 in the U.S. in the 1900s, but is not ranked currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rea name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Rea outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Reya (#1894 last year), Rhea (#989) and Ria are the popular variation forms of Rea rated in the Top 2000. Other variants, like Rhaya, are seldom used. Usage of these relations of Rea was well-received in the 1890s (average #1558) and is somewhat less today (#1720, 25.1% less usage).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rea, Reya, Rhea, Ria in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Rea and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Rea is alike in pronunciation to Rae, Ray, Raya, Raye, Ree, Rei, Rey, Roya, Rue, Rui and Rye. Other suggested similar names are Bea, Dea, Lea, Mea, Nea, Read, Reba, Reda, Rena, Reta, Reva, Reza, Tea and Zea. These names tend to be less frequently used than Rea.

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