Reed Origin and Meaning

The name Reed is a boy's name of English origin meaning "red-haired".

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 Five, as well as on the big screen in Boogie Nights. Reed Richards was the human name of the scientific genius who became Mr. 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.

# 429 in the US

Reed Rank in US Top 1000

# 352 on Nameberry

Reed Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Reed Popularity

Famous People Named Reed

  • Reed DoughtyAmerican football player
  • Reed AlexanderAmerican actor
  • Reed HastingsAmerican founder of Netflix
  • Reed DemingAmerican singer and contestant on "The X Factor"
  • (Bradley) Reed SorensonAmerican NASCAR driver
  • Reed DiamondAmerican actor
  • Reed Paul Jobsson of Apple co,founder Steve Jobs

Reed in Pop Culture

  • Reed Hellstromcharacter on soap "The Young and the Restless"
  • Reed Richards aka Mister Fantasticcharacter Marvel Universe
  • Reed Cullencharacter in the novel "Spooked" by Elise Noble
  • Reed Pollockcharacter on TV's "24"
  • Reed Struckercharacter on TV's "The Gifted"
  • "I'm Reed Fish" 2007 movie and main character
  • Reed Collegeschool in Oregon, USA
  • reed,a tall, thin grass that grows in wet areas