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Reed

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1881 8 0 8
1882 9 0 9
1883 7 0 7
1884 9 0 9
1885 6 0 6
1886 5 0 5
1887 5 0 5
1888 15 0 15
1889 12 0 12
1890 13 0 13
1891 10 0 10
1892 15 0 15
1893 11 0 11
1894 12 0 12
1895 19 0 19
1896 16 0 16
1897 12 0 12
1898 20 0 20
1899 9 0 9
1900 14 0 14
1901 11 0 11
1902 21 0 21
1903 21 0 21
1904 17 0 17
1905 20 0 20
1906 19 0 19
1907 18 0 18
1908 18 0 18
1909 16 0 16
1910 30 0 30
1911 29 0 29
1912 43 0 43
1913 67 0 67
1914 66 0 66
1915 101 0 101
1916 100 0 100
1917 127 0 127
1918 123 0 123
1919 104 0 104
1920 123 0 123
1921 147 5 142
1922 136 0 136
1923 119 0 119
1924 108 0 108
1925 114 0 114
1926 144 0 144
1927 109 0 109
1928 120 0 120
1929 112 0 112
1930 105 0 105
1931 108 0 108
1932 88 0 88
1933 86 0 86
1934 87 0 87
1935 85 5 80
1936 78 0 78
1937 67 0 67
1938 98 0 98
1939 73 0 73
1940 91 0 91
1941 96 0 96
1942 131 0 131
1943 111 0 111
1944 109 0 109
1945 112 0 112
1946 135 0 135
1947 160 0 160
1948 172 0 172
1949 268 0 268
1950 204 0 204
1951 240 0 240
1952 252 0 252
1953 263 0 263
1954 251 0 251
1955 270 0 270
1956 281 0 281
1957 285 0 285
1958 250 0 250
1959 200 0 200
1960 214 0 214
1961 179 0 179
1962 197 0 197
1963 166 0 166
1964 190 5 185
1965 158 0 158
1966 153 0 153
1967 148 0 148
1968 147 5 142
1969 156 0 156
1970 174 0 174
1971 128 0 128
1972 122 0 122
1973 136 0 136
1974 148 0 148
1975 130 0 130
1976 140 0 140
1977 146 0 146
1978 191 0 191
1979 147 6 141
1980 203 5 198
1981 195 0 195
1982 217 0 217
1983 211 5 206
1984 210 6 204
1985 235 5 230
1986 240 8 232
1987 246 6 240
1988 258 0 258
1989 226 0 226
1990 238 0 238
1991 282 6 276
1992 383 17 366
1993 467 30 437
1994 553 44 509
1995 578 28 550
1996 583 51 532
1997 533 29 504
1998 547 23 524
1999 580 22 558
2000 552 24 528
2001 523 22 501
2002 486 18 468
2003 493 15 478
2004 527 13 514
2005 545 16 529
2006 586 19 567
2007 632 15 617
2008 744 18 726
2009 709 22 687
2010 782 24 758
2011 842 34 808
2012 841 25 816
2013 1,053 25 1,028
2014 1,119 26 1,093
2015 1,078 36 1,042

Fun Facts about the name Reed

  • How many people with the first name Reed have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 28,833 babies born with the first name Reed in the United States. That's more than enough people named Reed to occupy the territory of Aland Islands (Finland) with an estimated population of 28,355 (as of December 31, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Reed? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1881 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Reed first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Reed is Saturday, December 18th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Reed born? The highest recorded use of the first name Reed was in 2014 with a total of 1,093 babies. That's a lot of babies named Reed!
  • Random Reed Factoid: According to the 1911 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Reed ranks 39th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Utah. Imagine that, 6 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 1911.
  • Weird things about the name Reed: Your name in reverse order is Deer. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Dree. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Reed? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 277,030 people with the last name Reed.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Reed? Reed was ranked as the 73rd most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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Popularity of Reed as a first name

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Popularity of Reed as a last name

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Common last names for Reed

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  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Williams
  • Harris
  • Anderson
  • Davis
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • Thompson
  • Martin
  • Walker
  • Stewart

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Reed U.S.
  White 71.29% 64.26%
  African American 22.63% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.51% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.05% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.30% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.22% 16.26%

Of Last Name Reed

People with the last name Reed are most frequently White or African American

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Reed" mean? The list below shows the origins of Reed as well as things modernly associated with the name Reed such as celebrities named Reed.

English

Origin and Meaning of Reed

The name "Reed" is of English origin, and it means "A Reed or Red Haired". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Reed
Red.
noun and verb Reed
Same as Rede.
noun Reed
The fourth stomach of a ruminant; rennet.
noun Reed
Senses
  1. [Bot] A name given to many tall and coarse grasses or grasslike plants, and their slender, often jointed, stems, such as the various kinds of bamboo, and especially the common reed of Europe and North America (Phragmites communis).
  2. A musical instrument made of the hollow joint of some plant; a rustic or pastoral pipe."Arcadian pipe, the pastoral reed Of Hermes." [Milton.]
  3. An arrow, as made of a reed.
  4. Straw prepared for thatching a roof.(Prov. Eng)
  5. [Mus]
    1. A small piece of cane or wood attached to the mouthpiece of certain instruments, and set in vibration by the breath. In the clarinet it is a single fiat reed; in the oboe and bassoon it is double, forming a compressed tube.
    2. One of the thin pieces of metal, the vibration of which produce the tones of a melodeon, accordeon, harmonium, or seraphine; also attached to certain sets or registers of pipes in an organ.
  6. [Weaving] A frame having parallel flat stripe of metal or reed, between which the warp threads pass, set in the swinging lathe or batten of a loom for beating up the weft; a sley. See Batten.
  7. [Mining] A tube containing the train of powder for igniting the charge in blasting.
  8. [Arch] Same as Reeding.

Etymology: AS. hreód; akin to D. riet, G. riet ried, OHG. kriot riot

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A musical instrument that sounds by means of a vibrating reed
  2. A vibrator consisting of a thin strip of stiff material that vibrates to produce a tone when air streams over it ("the clarinetist fitted a new reed onto his mouthpiece")
  3. United States physician who proved that yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes (1851-1902)
  4. United States journalist who reported on the October Revolution from Petrograd in 1917; founded the Communist Labor Party in America in 1919; is buried in the Kremlin in Moscow (1887-1920)
  5. Tall woody perennial grasses with hollow slender stems especially of the genera Arundo and Phragmites
Wiktionary
  1. A surname​, a spelling variant of Reid.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  3. A female given name

Notable Persons With the Name Reed

Reed Hastings

Reed Hastings is a co-founder, ceo of netflix, netflix, and ceo ofnetflix. Reed was given the name Wilmot Reed Hastings, Jr. on October 8th, 1960 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

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Reed Diamond

Reed Diamond is an actor. His ongoing career started in 1974. Reed was given the name Reed Edward Diamond on July 20th, 1967 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

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Reed Charles Oconnor

Reed Charles Oconnor is an important human. Reed was born in 1965 in Houston.

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Reed Timmer

Reed Timmer is an important human in the field of meteorology. Reed was born on March 17th, 1980 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Reed is also known as The Dominator.

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Reed Morano

Reed Morano is a director, cinematographer, and director andcinematographer. Reed was born on April 15th, 1977.

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Reed Alexander

Reed Alexander is an actor. He has been prominent since 2002. Reed was born in Florida.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Reed

Lou Reed

Lou Reed was a rock music, experimental music, proto-punk, glam rock, and art rock musician. He plays Fender Telecaster, Gretsch, Gretsch White Falcon, Fender Stratocaster, Gibson ES-335, Epiphone, Gibson SG, and Steinberger. He was most prominent from 1958 to 2013. Lou was given the name Lewis Allan Reed on March 2nd, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. He left this life on October 27th, 2013.

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Nikki Reed

Nikki Reed is an actress, screenwriter, model, singer-songwriter, music video director, and model (people). Her most notable accomplishments were from 2003 to present. Nikki was given the name Nicole Houston Reed on May 17th, 1988 in West Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Oliver Reed

Oliver Reed was an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1958 to 1999. Oliver was given the name Robert Oliver Reed on February 13th, 1938 in Wimbledon, Surrey, England. He breathed his last breath on May 2nd, 1999.

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John Reed

John Reed was a journalist. John was given the name John Silas Reed on October 22nd, 1887 in Portland, Oregon, United States. He died on October 17th, 1920.

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Crystal Reed

Crystal Reed is an actress and model. Crystal was born on February 6th, 1985 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

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Jerry Reed

Jerry Reed was a musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1956 to 2008. Jerry was given the name Jerry Reed Hubbard on March 20th, 1937 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. He passed away on September 1st, 2008.

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  • Robert Reed
    (actor)
  • Donna Reed
    (actress)
  • Charlotte Church
    (musician)
  • Ed Reed
    (american football player)
  • Dizzy Reed
    (musician)
  • Pamela Reed
    (famous human)
  • Martha Raye
    (actress/singer/comedian)
  • Kasim Reed
    (59th Mayor of Atlanta)
  • Rocco Reed
    (famous somebody)
  • Jack Reed
    (office holder)
  • Willis Reed
    (basketball player)
  • Walter Reed
    (military medicine)
  • Peyton Reed
    (film director)
  • Ricky Reed
    (record producer)

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What does the name Reed mean?

Ris for refreshing, the sparkling you.

Eis for encouraging, thanks for the motivation!

Eis for enrich, a quality you share.

Dis for delight, a surprise from within.

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Sources: U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain). U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain). 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License). Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License). Wiktionary: Titles and License. Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.

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