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Rhys is a strong Welsh name that's popular for baby boys in the United Kingdom, but it's becoming more and more beloved in the United States. The success of some European actors in Hollywood may have played a role in that, but either way, the name is climbing up the charts and will likely continue. Because it's one syllable, it works well as a middle name, but it also pairs with both traditional and trendy two and three-syllable middle names.

Meaning and Origin of the Name Rhys:

Rhys is a traditional Welsh name that has been around since the Middle Ages and remains popular in the UK today. The name means “enthusiasm”, according to its Welsh origins.

Symbolism of the Name Rhys:

While the baby name Rhys means “enthusiastic,” it's said to represent a dragon, which has been an important symbol to the Welsh people for centuries. It's even on their flag. The dragon stands for determination, passion and warrior strength.

Nicknames for the Name Rhys:

Rhys is hard to make nicknames out of, but we've given it our best shot! Hopefully you find this list helpful as you look to find the best nickname for someone named Rhys:

  • Rye
  • Reese's Pieces
  • Reese's Cup
  • Ease
  • Ree
  • Ryze
  • Ry-Ry
  • Ry-Ty

Style of the Name Rhys:

Modern in the United States (traditional in Wales)

Gender of the Name Rhys:

Rhys is more commonly used for boys, while the “Reese” spelling is more common for girls

Pronunciation of the Name Rhys:


Number of Syllables in the Name Rhys:


Emotion Evoked From the Name Rhys:

Rhys evokes images of strength and independence.

Alternative Spellings for the Name Rhys:

Popularity of the Name Rhys:

Rhys first made the list of the top 1,000 baby names in the United States in 2004. Since then, it's become increasingly popular. According to the Social Security Administration, it ranked at number 426 in 2022.

Great Middle Names for Rhys and Their Meanings:

Famous People with the Name Rhys:

  • Rhys Ifans (actor)
  • Jonathan Rhys Meyers (actor)
  • Matthew Rhys Evans (actor)
  • Rhys Edward McIntyre (son of singer Joey McIntyre)
  • Rhys Hoskins (baseball player)
  • Rhys Sutherland (character from the TV show “Home and Away”)
  • Rhys Williams (character in the book “In Office Hours”)
  • Rhys (character on the TV show “Elementary”)
  • Rhys Lindstrom (character in the book series “The Illuminae Files”)
  • Rhys (character in the “Trylle” book series)
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