[ 1 syll. ree-se, re-ese ] The baby girl name Reese is also used as a boy name, though it is more popular for girls. It is pronounced as RIY-Z †. Reese has its origins in the Welsh language and it is used largely in English. The name has in recent times been used as a female name in the US.
Reese is a form of the Welsh Rhys.
The name Reese is used to a great extent; it has 22 forms. Forms of the name include Reace, Rease, Rece, Reece, Rees, Reice, Reis, Reise, Reiss, Reyce, Reyes, Reyse, Rhett, Rhyce, Rhys, Rhyse, Rice, Riese, Riess, Ryese, Ryez, and Ryse.
See also the related category welsh.
Reese is popular as a baby girl name. The name has been growing in popularity since the 1990s; prior to that, it was of only sporadic use. Its usage peaked modestly in 2012 with 0.127% of baby girls being named Reese. It was #128 in rank then. In 2018, it ranked at #159 with a usage of 0.097%, and it was the most frequently used among all girl names in its family. Although Reese is today more frequently used for baby girls, there was a period prior to 2002 when more boys were given the name. After 2003, increasingly the name became more popular with baby girls than with boys. In 2017, 5 times more baby girls than boys were given the name Reese.
† Pronunciation for Reese: R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; Z as in "zoo (Z.UW)"
A famous person named Reese is Actress, Reese Witherspoon, born Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon 22 March 1976, New Orleans, Louisiana.