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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.

Associated with: old english, red.


Reed has 4 variants: Read, Reade, Reid and Reyd.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Redi, Roed, ..

(female) Redy, Reedah, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

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 2000 Names, 2014)

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

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

Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Reed and related names. Reid (#259 a year ago) and Red are the prominent related forms of Reed (#317 a year ago). Adoption of these relations of Reed is widespread in 2014 (adoption of 0.13%). Reid and Reed are two of the more contemporarily stylish baby names among these.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Reed, Red, Reid in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Reed is pronounced similarly to Rad, Redd, Reide, Riyad, Rod, Rodd and Rudd. Other recommended names are Aed, Aled, Amed, Breed, Ced, Creed, Fred, Freed, Ged, Hesed, Jed, Jered, Joed, Meed, Meged, Ned, Obed, Ohed (see Ohad), Oved, Rae, Rand, Reece, Rees, Reese, Reeve, Reg, Regen, Rei, Reis, Remee, Remi, Remo, Remy, Ren, Rene, Reno, Reo, Reuel, Reve, Rex, Rey, Reyes, Rien, Ries, Roe, Ruel, Rye, Ryen, Saeed, Speed, Steed, Syed, Ted, Umed and Zed. These names tend to be less commonly used than Reed.