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Gender: Male Meaning of Reed: "red-haired" Origin of Reed: English Reed's Popularity in 2017: #381

The name Reed is a boy's name of English origin meaning "red-haired". Reed is ranked #381 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Reed

Reed Doughty, American football player
Reed Alexander, American actor
Reed Hastings, American founder of Netflix
Reed Deming, American singer and contestant on "The X Factor"
(Bradley) Reed Sorenson, American NASCAR driver
Reed Diamond, American actor
Reed Paul Jobs, son of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs

Pop Culture References for the name Reed

Reed Hellstrom, character on soap "The Young and the Restless"
Reed Richards aka Mister Fantastic, character Marvel Universe
Reed Pollock, character on TV's "24"
Reed Strucker, character on TV's "The Gifted"
"I'm Reed Fish," 2007 movie and main character
Reed College, school in Oregon, USA
reed--a tall, thin grass that grows in wet areas

Reaad, Reed, Raed, Raede, Raeed, Read, Reade, Reid, Reide, Reyd, Reyde, Rheed


WalrusKing Says:


This sounds too much like weed to me. :( Otherwise I love it.

LV51sfan91 Says:


Perfect male name! reading and the plant Reed is not the same thing!

Nozomi Says:


Reed and Matheu the two nerdiest brother at school ( Lol )

HatGirl Says:


what if this kid hates to read

lesliemarion Says:


Good name. Reid with an "i" is sexier though.