Gender: Female Meaning of Rhea: "a flowing stream" Origin of Rhea: Greek mythology name Rhea's Popularity in 2019: #704

Rhea Origin and Meaning

The name Rhea is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "a flowing stream".

Old-style creative name of the Greek mythological earth mother of all the gods. A lot better than the Roman equivalent: Ops. Rhea reentered the US Top 1000 in 2015. Its only previous appearance on the list since 1968 was 2004.

Rhea Perlman is an American actress known for her role as Carla Tortelli on Cheers and as the wife of Danny DeVito.

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Pop Culture References for the name Rhea

Ria, Rhia, Rea


Daiseymae Says:


Yuck. Rhiannon is so much prettier.

Mikey_pp Says:


I went to school with a Rhea and nobody ever teased her about it. It didn't even occure to me that there was a link to diarrhea. She grew up to be very earth mothery so it definitely suited her. Reminds me of the name Radha but a little more accessible.

Daiseymae Says:


I don't like any "ria" names. It doesn't sound right, but I do the the ray-uh pronunciation though.

raya4522 Says:


My name is Rhea (pronounced ray-a) and I have only had positive nicknames for my name. A few people may mispronounce my name at first, and call me ree-ah, but I simply correct it. In college, my nickname became "Sunshine" because I was referred to as a "ray-a sun" ;-) I've also been called a "ray-a light.". Some people shorten it to just "ray," which I don't mind because my grandmother's name was "Rae." I believe it to be a very feminine, unique name.

Luísa Says:


Kkkkkkkk, "Ops" that's funny!
By the way, I pronounce like r-eh - ah.

rhea Says:


I get teased a lot for my name as everyone says it re-ha

Caroline Griffiths Says:


My daughter is a Rhea and we pronounce it Ree-ah but as I knew it was of Greek origin, later a Greek friend told me that in Greece they pronounce is Ray-ah. It has more meanings that "to flow" (hence the diarrhoea link) - it also means "mother" and "poppy". We actually chose it because we liked the name Poppy (which I'm glad we didn't use now as Rhea suits her better) but couldn't use it as it would have given her the initials PIG - we saw Rhea in a book as an alternative to Poppy. The mother part comes from: In Greek mythology Rhea was a Titan, the wife of Cronus, and the mother of Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Hera, Demeter and Hestia. Also, in Roman mythology a woman named Rhea Silvia was the mother of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome. My daughter is nearly 10 now and not one diarrhoea joke yet (and she's big enough now to laugh it off when/if it comes). Actually there's been more light-hearted laughter at "shall we go to the pizzeria, Rhea?". And of course there is a flightless bird, like a smaller version of the ostrich but from South America called a Rhea.

wavygirl Says:


That's good coz no one deserves 2 be treated like th@. luv the name Rhea and luv the spelling Rella

kendallrhea1 Says:


My name is pronounced RAY-uh and I think it's pretty, and I don't have problems with it. Just because Ree-uh is what you grew up with doesn't make it the "correct pronunciation".

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


This is the name of the titaness wife of Kronos, who was titaness of birthing fluids. Her name means "menstrual waters"....not something someone would want to be named after. Although it does sound nice and would be a cute nickname for the name Rhiannon.

Rella Says:


The correct pronunciation is Ree-uh. I made it through school without any terrible nicknames or problems. Someone once in middle school made a diarrhea joke and the whole bus let him know how stupid he was.

kendallrhea1 Says:


My middle name is Rhea and it's pronounced RAY-uh, and I usually don't have problems with it.