Rhys Origin and Meaning

The name Rhys is a boy's name of Welsh origin meaning "ardor".

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.

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Famous People Named Rhys

  • Rhys ap GruffyddKing of Deheubarth, Wales
  • Rhys Ifans (born Rhys Owain Evans)Welsh actor
  • Rhys HoskinsAmerican baseball player
  • Rhys Montague DarbyNew Zealand comedian
  • Rhys ChathamAmerican composer
  • Rhys CoiroAmerican actor
  • Rhys ThomasBritish film director and actor
  • Rhys UhlichAustralian model and actor
  • Rhys LewisBritish soul singer
  • Jonathan Rhys MeyersIrish Actor and Model
  • Rhys Edward McIntyre (born 2009)son of musician Joey McIntyre
  • John RhysDavies, Welsh actor and producer
  • Matthew RhysWelsh actor

Rhys in Pop Culture

  • Rhyscharacter in the book "The Two Princesses of Bamarre" by Gail Carson Levine
  • Rhysa character on the television show "Elementary"
  • Rhys Williamsa character on the television show "Torchwood"
  • Rhysa character in the TellTale video game "Tales from the Borderlands"
  • Rhys Williamsa character in the book "In Office Hours," By Lucy Keller
  • Rhysa character in the "Trylle" trilogy of books
  • Rhysand "Rhys" character in the "A Court of Thorns and Roses" book series by Sarah J. Maas
  • Rhysa character in the Dragon Age game and book series
  • Rhys Lindstromone of the main characters of The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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