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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.

Related boy names: Price, Rhett and Rice.


Rhys has 3 relations via Reece: Rees, Reese and Rice.

Rhys has 1 feminine form: Reese.

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

(female) Rhysla, Rhysse, ..

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)


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

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 #483 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Rhett (#338 the previous year), Reece (#540), Reese (#648), Rice and Price are the popular varying forms of Rhys (#483 the previous year) ranked in the Top 2000. These forms of Rhys were popular as birth names presently (median #1001). 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.