What does Rhys mean?
Rhys [rhys] as a boys' name is pronounced rees. It is of Welsh origin, and the meaning of Rhys is "enthusiasm". Native Welsh form of Reece. Actor Roger Rhys.
Rhys has 1 feminine form: Reese.Creative forms:
(male) Reys, Rowys, ..
(female) Rhyssa, Rhysse, .. Middle name pairings:
Rhys Branson (R.B.), ..
How popular is Rhys?
Rhys is a rare first name for men but a somewhat popular last name for all people (#121780 out of 150436, Top 81%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name history of Rhys for boys. Rhys entered the list in 1980-1989 and reached its apex rank of #472 in the U.S. in the year 2010, and is at #513 currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)
Which version is better?with similar and related boy names. Rhett (#274 the previous year), Reece (#574), Reese (#701), Rice and Price are the popular varying forms of Rhys (#513 the previous year) ranked in the Top 2000. These forms of Rhys were popular as birth names presently (median #1010). Reese has historically been the top pick of parents, though Rhett is now the most fashionable.
Rhys▲ is alike in pronunciation to Ras, Rayce, Reis, Reyes, Ries, Ross▼, Rosse, Royce▲ and Russ▼. Other suggested similar names are Hays, Keys, Mays, Otys, Ray▼, Raye, Rey▲, Reyd, Roy▼, Ruy, Rye, Ryu and Shays. These names tend to be more frequently used than Rhys.