Gender: Male Meaning of Rhys: "ardor" Origin of Rhys: Welsh Rhys's Popularity in 2018: #464

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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Rank in US: #464

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Dadtwobe Says:


Great name! I prefer this spelling for a boy, too.

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Leah_ Says:


I know a boy named Rhys but he pronounces it like "Rise".

LostKid Says:


I don't like this spelling because I read it more like Rise than Reese, and everyone on here seems to love it (or at least I've seen it used often). It also looks kind of... incomplete, I guess is what I'm looking for.

autumnreverie Says:


It's pronounced Reese and rhiss.

RoddyThlayli Says:


I'm really quite fond of a lot of Welsh names (apparently my mother is too; me and my brother both have Welsh names, while my other brother's is Gaelic), but Rhys, in any spelling, is one of my favorites. If I ever had a son, it would be on my list.

Margot_86 Says:


I love how this is spelled and how it sounds. Heck, I love how ALL Welsh and Irish names are spelled and sound!

Bobcat108 Says:


The spelling of Welsh names, like Irish/Gaelic names, can definitely be complicated. Welsh pronunciation is phonetic; if a letter is there, it's pronounced. The problem to non-Welsh ears is that not all of the letters are pronounced as in English sounds. But once you know the pronunciation, it's always the same. I don't speak Welsh, but I've tried to learn the pronunciation for all the letters & letter combinations so that I can get the names right. I think if people can learn how to pronounce the Irish/Gaelic Siobhan, for example, people can learn how to pronounce many more Welsh names than originally thought.

headintheclouds Says:


I had that stage of Welsh name crushes, until I realized that many of them were unusable due to the complicated spelling and pronunciation, coupled with the fact that I have no Welsh ancestry whatsoever (and most likely my partner would not either- though I'm still holding out on that hope!). Rhys is one of the usable ones from my Welsh name crush list- and I love it! It's short, simple, and has character. It'd be nice paired with a longer middle name, like Rhys Alexander.

kendallrhea1 Says:


I always thought it was pronounced Rhiz, but I'm glad it's not, because that's not a great name. I like the ACTUAL pronunciation of this name, but I prefer spelling it Reese.

Guest Says:


Same here! But I love this name!

Guest Says:


Reese. For years I thought it was rice though haha

Guest Says:


Is this pronounced as Reese or Rise?