Meaning and name origin
Rhea \r-hea\ as a girl's name is pronounced REE-ah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Rhea is "flowing". Mythology: Rhea was the mother of Zeus, Poseidon, Hera, and Demeter. Rhea is also a Welsh name referring to a river in Wales. Actress Rhea Perlman.
For more information, see also the related girl name Cybele.
Rhea is a very popular first name for females (#960 out of 4276, Top 22%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#3277 out of 88799, Top 4%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Rhea for girls. Rhea reached its highest rank of #398 in the U.S. in 1890-1899. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Rhea and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Ria and Rhea. (2014 statistics).
Rhea▼ is also pronounced similarly to Rae▼, Raya, Ree, Rei, Rie, Roya, Rue and Rye. Other suggested similar baby names are Rheba, Rheta, Shea▼ and Thea▲. These names tend to be less commonly used than Rhea.