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Gender: M Meaning of Rhys: "ardor" Origin of Rhys: Welsh Rhys's Popularity in 2016: #494

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.

Famous People Named Rhys

Rhys ap Gruffydd, King of Deheubarth, Wales
Rhys Ifans (born Rhys Owain Evans), Welsh actor
Rhys Montague Darby, New Zealand comedian
Rhys Chatham, American composer
Rhys Coiro, American actor
Rhys Thomas, British film director and actor
Rhys Uhlich, Australian model and actor
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Irish Actor and Model
Rhys Edward McIntyre (born 2009), son of musician Joey McIntyre
Matthew Rhys, Welsh actor

Pop Culture References for the name Rhys

Rhys, character in the book "The Two Princesses of Bamarre" by Gail Carson Levine
Rhys, a character on the television show "Elementary"
Rhys Williams, a character on the television show "Torchwood"
Rhys, a character in the TellTale video game "Tales from the Borderlands"
Rhys Williams, a character in the book "In Office Hours," By Lucy Keller
Rhys, a character in the "Trylle" trilogy of books
Rhysand "Rhys," character in the "A Court of Thorns and Roses" book series by Sarah J. Maas
Rhys, a character in the Dragon Age game and book series