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What does Reid mean?

Reid Pronunciation of Reid [reid] as a boys' name (also used less generally as girls' name Reid) is pronounced reed. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Reid is "near the reeds; red-haired". Place name.

Associated with: old english, reeds (meadow), red.


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

Creative forms:
(male) Raid, Roid, ..

(female) Reidi, Reni, ..

Middle name pairings:
Reid Joaquin (R.J.), ..

How popular is Reid?

Reid is a somewhat popular first name for men (#812 out of 1220, Top 67%) and an even more popular surname for all people (#263 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Reid reached its apex rank of #259 in the U.S. in the year 2014, and is at #277 presently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. The only other prominent variation form of Reid (#277 a year ago) is Reed (#329 a year ago). These forms of Reid reached the apex of their popularity less than a decade ago (usage of 0.13%) and have remained as common to this day (usage 0.13%, 5.4%). Reed is a constant favorite, though Reid is now the top form.

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

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

Similar Names

Reid is pronounced similarly to Rad, Radd, Reide, Reyd, Riyad, Rod, Rodd and Rudd. Other recommended names are Abid, Amid, Bid, Boid, Cid, Ovid, Rai, Rain, Rand, Rees, Reg, Regin, Regis, Rei, Reigh, Reis, Reizo, Remi, Remie, Remo, Remy, Ren, Rene, Reno, Reo, Reve, Rex, Rey, Ric, Rik, Rio, Rip, Roi, Said and Sid. These names tend to be less commonly used than Reid.

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