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The baby name Reid is the Scottish and Irish version of the baby name Reed. Each means red-haired though as the name began as a nickname then became a surname itself for red-haired people in these cultures. Now, it is close to a top 300 name for boys.

Meaning and Origin of the name Reid:

Reid is a boy's name of Gaelic origin meaning “red-haired.”

The spelling of Reid may be the Scottish version of the English surname Reed. Originally, these names were given as a surname for patriarchs in families with red hair. This is because the name Reid was originally just a nickname for red-haired individuals.

Symbolism of the name Reid:

Reid comes from the Old English word “read.” Though this appears like the modern English word spelled the same, in those days, “read” meant “red.” It makes sense then that Reid and Reed were nicknames for red-haired men.

Nicknames for the name Reid:

Reid is a short and sweet name for boys. Unfortunately, you won't find many nicknames for Reid because it's already a short name. You can have fun with this name and create puns for nicknames such as Reidiculous or Reidy or Not. Since Reid means “red-haired,” you can use the nickname Red.

  • Ree
  • Rere
  • Weid
  • Red
  • Reidie
  • Reidy
  • Reddy
  • Reidiculous
  • Reidy or Not
  • Reider
baby name Reid


Style of the name Reid:


Gender of the name Reid:

Reid is more commonly used as a boy's name, but it is seen among girls too.

Pronunciation of the name Reid:


Number of syllables in the name Reid:


Emotion evoked from the name Reid:

Reid is a simple baby name that has a certain strength attached to it. It feels like a name for someone who would be a hard worker.

Alternative spellings for the name Reid:

  • Reed 
  • Reide
  • Reede
  • Reyde
  • Reyd

Popularity of the name Reid:

Reid has been on the top 1,000 list since 1901, but only in recent decades has it become popular. From 2010 to 2019, the name was actually a top 300 name. In the year 2020, it did decline back to rank 315.

Great middle names for Reid and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Reid:

  • Reid Scott (actor, “Veep”)
  • Reid Hoffman (founder of LinkedIn)
  • Reid Carruthers (professional curler)
  • Reid Ewing (actor, “Modern Family”)
  • Reid Coolsaet (Olympian in track and field)

There are no characters in popular culture to speak of with the name Reid.

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