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Reese is a gorgeous name suitable for both girls and boys. With a shining radiance that relays its definition, Reese stays true to its classic origins while demonstrating enough edge that it never goes out of style. Reese Holloway is the protagonist of the Adaption book series, and Reese Wilkerson is the main character in Malcolm in the Middle. Keep reading to learn more about this baby name.

Meaning and Origin of the name Reese:

Reese is the anglicized spelling of the Welsh name Rhys. This name came from a Celtic word that meant “enthusiasm” or “ardor.” The name implicated that its bearer would emanate fierceness, confidence, and ambition.

Symbolism of the name Reese:

Reese derives from the Welsh name Rhys (meaning “enthusiasm”). One of the most famous bearers of this name was Rhys ap Gruffydd, a Welsh warrior who fought against the invading Normans. The symbol for Rhys was the bascinet (conical helmet). For many people, however, the simple symbol for Reese is the best-selling buttercup that bears its name.

Nicknames for the name Reese:

  • Ree
  • Reesie
  • Buttercup
  • Rae 
  • ReeRee
  • Reesie
  • CeeCee
Baby name Reese

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Reese is a great name for both boys and girls.

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Emotion evoked from the name Reese:

The name Reese evokes feelings of radiance and renown.

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Popularity of the name Reese:

According to the Social Security Administration index, Reese was the 144th most popular baby name for girls in 2020. Reese was also the 731st most popular baby name for boys in 2020.

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Famous people with the name Reese:

  • Reese Paul Andy (mixed martial artist)
  • Reese Erlich (journalist)
  • Reese Ann Griffin (daughter of football player Robert Griffin III)
  • Reese James Llewellyn (businessman)
  • Reese Jackson McGuire (baseball player)
  • Reese Mishler (actor)
  • Reese Roper (singer)
  • Reese Wolfe Schonfeld (newscaster)
  • Reese Waters (comedian)
  • Reese Witherspoon (actress)
  • Reese (gynoid in the television show Stargate SG-1)
  • Reese's Butter Cups (candy bar invention of Harry Burnett Reese sold through the Hershey Company)
  • Reese Holloway (protagonist of the Adaption book series by Malinda Lo)
  • Reese Wilkerson (character on the television show Malcolm in the Middle)
  • Reese Williams (character on the soap opera All My Children)
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