What does Reed mean?
Reed /reed/ as a boys' name (also used less widely as girls' name Reed) is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Reed is "red". Variant of Red, or possibly a place name referring to the reeds in a swampy place.
How popular is Reed?
Reed is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#661 out of 1220, Top 54%) and an even more prominent surname for both adults and children (#65 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Reed for boys. Reed reached its highest rank of #317 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Reed and related names. Reid (#259 a year ago) is the only other prominent related form of Reed (#317 a year ago). Adoption of these relations of Reed was widespread in 2014 (adoption of 0.712%). Reed and Reid are two of the more contemporarily stylish baby names among these, with Reed undergoing a rekindling in usage. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)