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What does Rice mean?

Rice Pronunciation of Rice [rice] as a boys' name is of Welsh origin, and the meaning of Rice is "enthusiasm". Anglicization of Rhys. Also a respelling of the German name Reis, possibly meaning "knight on horseback", "gatherer of twigs", "wood carver", or "dweller in the brush". Football player Jerry Rice.

Associated with: knight (warrior), wood (tree).


Rice has 1 variant: Rhys.

Related boy name: Reece.

2 more different relations via Rhys: Rees and Reese.

Creative forms:
(male) Rhice, Riced, ..

(female) Rine, Risay, ..

Middle name pairings:
Rice Evin (R.E.), ..

How popular is Rice?

Rice is an uncommonly occurring first name for males but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#169 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Rice reached its top rank of #956 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant form and related boy names. Rhys (#513 the previous year), Reece (#574) and Reese (#701) are the prominent alternative forms of Rice. These forms of Rice were at the apex of their popularity 5 years ago (adoption of 0.09%) and are almost as common today (adoption 0.07%, 17.4%). Reese has generally been preferred by parents, though Rhys is currently more frequently used.

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

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

Similar Names

Rice is pronounced similarly to Raice, Ras, Rayce, Reyes, Ries, Roice, Ross, Rosse, Royce and Russ. Other suggested similar names are Ace, Brice, Cace, Dace, Dice, Dyce, Elice, Ince, Jace, Jaice, Luce, Mace, Paice, Price, Rae, Rafe, Rance, Rane, Raye, Reide, Rene, Reve, Rian, Ric, Ricci, Ricco, Rich, Richie, Richy, Rick, Rickey, Ricki, Rickie, Ricky, Rico, Rider, Ridge, Rien, Rigel, Rigg, Rik, Rike, Riker, Riki, Rikk, Rikke, Ring, Rio, Rion, Rip, Rique, Rito, River, Rives, Roch, Roche, Rock, Roe, Rome, Rowe, Rube, Rune, Rye, Tyce and Vince. These names tend to be more frequently used than Rice.