A slim, elegant, silvery surname, Reed could be a banker or a sculptor, and therein lies the appeal of this simple yet distinctive name.
The versatile Reed can be seen as a grass-like nature name and a musical name.
There have been Reeds on "Grey's Anatomy" and "Party of 5," and on the big screen in "Boogie Nights." Reed Richards was the human name of the scientific genius who became Mister Fantastic of the Fantastic Four.
The many notables who wore Reed as a surname include army surgeon Walter, basketball coach Willis, Brady Bunch dad Robert, critic Rex, director Sir Carol, actors Donna and Oliver, and singer-songwriter Lou.
The name can also be spelled Reid.
Sleek, unisex surname rarely heard for girls -- which could be seen as an asset.