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What does Read mean?

Read Pronunciation of Read as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Read) is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Read is "red". Probably originated as a nickname for people with red hair.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, red


VARIANTS Reade, Reed, Reid, Reide



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How popular is Read?

Read is an unusual first name for men but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#1981 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Which version is better?

Prominent varying forms of Read (NOT IN TOP 2000) are Reid (#288 FROM RECENT DATA) and Reed (#375). Adoption of these forms of Read was at its highest in the year 2014 (ADOPTION OF 0.1%) and is almost as widespread today (ADOPTION 0.1%, 13%). Reed is more ubiquitous than the rest, although Reid seems to be gaining popularity too. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Similar Names

Read is pronounced similarly to Rad, Radd, Redd, Reyd, Riyad, Riyadh, Rod, Rodd and Rudd. Other recommended sound-alike names are Aad, Abad, Amad, Asad, Brad, Chad, Fuad, Gad, Imad, Jerad, Lad, Mead, Medad, Ohad, Rab, Rae, Rai, Raj, Ram, Rand, Ras, Ray, Reave, Rees, Reg, Regan, Rei, Reis, Remi, Remo, Remy, Ren, Renado, Renard, Renat, Renaud, Rene, Reno, Reo, Reve, Rex, Rey, Rian, Roald, Roan, Ryan, Saad, Shad, Tad, Thad and Vlad. These names tend to be more frequently used than Read.

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