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Gender: M Meaning of Rhys: "ardor" Origin of Rhys: Welsh Rhys's Popularity in 2015: #513

There's Rhys and there's Reese (now more popular for girls) and there's Reece, and we particularly like the traditional Welsh spelling, which entered the list in 2004, possibly influenced by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, of The Tudors, and Welsh-born actor Rhys Ifans.

Always widespread in Wales, where it has deep historic roots, Rhys is also a high-ranking name in England, Ireland and Scotland.

Former New Kid on the Block Joey McIntyre named his son Rhys Edward in 2009.

Famous People Named Rhys

Rhys Ifans (born 1967), Welsh actor
Rhys Chatham (born 1952), American composer
Rhys Coiro (born 1979), American film actor
Rhys Edward (born 2009), son of musician Joey McIntyre
Jonathan Rhys Meyers - Irish Actor and Model
Rhys Thomas, British BAFTA nominated director, producer, actor and writer
Rhys Uhlich, Australian actor

Pop Culture References for the name Rhys

Rhys, character in the book "The Two Princesses of Bamarre" by Gail Carson Levine
Rhys, a character on the television show "Elementary"
Rhys Williams, a character on the television show "Torchwood"
Rhys, a character in the TellTale video game "Tales from the Borderlands"
Rhys Williams, a character in the book "In Office Hours," By Lucy Keller
Rhys, a character in the "Trylle" trilogy of books
Rhys, a character in the "A Court of Thorns and Roses" book series by Sarah J. Maas