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.
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 (#55 out of 88799, 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 this boy name is at its apex presently. Reed (#317) and Reid (#259) are two of the more contemporarily stylish baby names among these, with Reed undergoing a rekindling in usage. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)