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What does Rhys mean?

Rhys Pronunciation of 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.

Related boy names: Price, Rhett and Rice.


3 relations via Reece: Rees, Reese and Rice.

1 feminine form: Reese.

Creative forms:
(male) Reys, Rowys, ..


Middle name pairings:
Rhys Solomon (R.S.), ..

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)

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)

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

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

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.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rhys, Price, Reece, Reese, Rhett, Rice in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Rhys, Reece outside U.S.

Similar Names

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.