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Reed is definitely not overused, but you may want to search for alternatives for another reason. Here are some possible choices.
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  • Blake

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    Blake -- an early unisex option -- is still in the Top 75 for boys, remaining a sophisticated choice. And yes, both conflicting meanings of Blake are accurate.  Read More 

  • Drew

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    Drew, which projects a polished, somewhat intellectual impression, is rapidly becoming the Andrew nickname of choice, replacing the past favorite, Andy. It is fully capable of standing on its own, ... Read More 

  • Eames

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    An upscale surname with a nice modern design connection to the creators of the Eames chair and other midcentury furniture classics, Charles and Ray Eames.  Read More 

  • Finn

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    Finn is a name with enormous energy and charm, that of the greatest hero of Irish mythology, Finn MacCool (aka Fionn mac Cuumhaill), an intrepid warrior with mystical supernatural powers, noted as ... Read More 

  • Keen

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    Actor Mark Ruffalo honed this surname down to its basics when he chose it for his son. A more usable expansion might be the Irish surname Keenan/Keenen. Read More 

  • Leif

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    Leif is one of the most recognizable Scandinavian names, thanks to Icelandic explorer Leif Erikson, and is still one of the best, with a pleasant aural association with the word leaf. Leif Eriks... Read More 

  • Quinn

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    Quinn is an engaging Celtic surname that is on the rise for both genders. Though still used more for boys, Quinn has started leaning decidedly toward the feminine thanks to a female cheerleader cha... Read More 

  • Reed

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    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... Read More 

  • Reeve

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    Reeve is cool and dignified, sophisticated and modern — an excellent combination of assets, and a name being seen as a more masculine and distinctive alternative to Reese. A reeve was a medieval E... Read More 

  • Rhys

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    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 has been climbing since it entered the list in 2004, po... Read More 

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