Rhea

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since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Rhea

"Rhea" is a name of Greek origin, and it means "Flowing". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Rhe"a
The ramie or grass-cloth plant. See Grass-cloth plant, under Grass.
noun Rhe"a
Any one of three species of large South American ostrichlike birds of the genera Rhea and Pterocnemia. Called also the American ostrich.

Note: ☞ The common rhea, or nandou (Rhea Americana), ranges from Brazil to Patagonia. Darwin's rhea (Pterocnemia Darwinii), of Patagonia, is smaller, and has the legs feathered below the knee.

Etymology: L., a proper name

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Larger of two tall fast-running flightless birds similar to ostriches but three-toed; found from Brazil to Patagonia
  2. Smaller of two tall fast-running flightless birds similar to ostriches but three-toed; found from Peru to Strait of Magellan
  3. Fertility goddess in ancient Greek mythology; wife of Cronus and mother of Zeus; identified with Roman Ops and Cybele of ancient Asia Minor
Wiktionary

From Ancient Greek Ῥέα (Rhéa).

  1. (Greek mythology) A Titan, the daughter of Uranus and Gaia, the mother of Demeter, Hades, Hera, Hestia, Poseidon, and Zeus.
  2. (astronomy) One of the moons of Saturn.
  3. A female given name in occasional use.

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Notable Persons Named Rhea

Rhea Perlman is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 1972. Rhea was given the name Rhea Jo Perlman on March 31st, 1948 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

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Rhea Durham is a model. Rhea was born on July 1st, 1978 in Lakeland, Florida, U.S.

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Rhea Seehorn is an actress. Rhea was born on May 12th, 1972.

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Rhea Pillai is a model. Rhea was born in 1965.

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Rhea Chakraborty is a vj (media personality), actor, presenter, video jockey, actress, and anchor. She has had major accomplishments since 2009. Rhea was born on July 1st, 1992 in Bangalore.

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Rhea Kapoor is a film producer. She was most prominent from 2010 to present.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Rhea

Caroline Rhea is a comedian, actress, model, voice actress, actor, and model (people). She was most active from 1986 to present. Caroline was given the name Caroline Gilchrist Rhea on April 13th, 1964 in Montreal.

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John was born in 1753 in County Londonderry. He died on May 27th, 1832.

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Timothy Rhea is a director of bands, texas a&m university, conducting, texas a&m wind symphony, and conductor. He has been prominent since 1993. Timothy was given the name Timothy Brett Rhea on June 18th, 1967. Timothy is also known as Tim Rhea.

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Hortense Rhéa was a french actor. Hortense was born on September 4th, 1844 in Brussels, Belgium. Hortense is also known as Hortense Rhea and Hortense Barbe-Loret. She passed away in 1899.

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La Julia Elizabeth Rhea was an opera singer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1903 to 1949. La was born on March 16th, 1898 in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S. She passed away on July 5th, 1992.

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How popular is the baby name Rhea in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1882 7 7 0
1883 8 8 0
1884 13 13 0
1885 11 11 0
1886 13 13 0
1887 14 14 0
1888 20 20 0
1889 31 31 0
1890 39 39 0
1891 24 24 0
1892 44 44 0
1893 56 56 0
1894 48 48 0
1895 41 41 0
1896 61 56 5
1897 53 53 0
1898 54 54 0
1899 61 61 0
1900 51 51 0
1901 58 58 0
1902 55 55 0
1903 46 40 6
1904 49 49 0
1905 49 49 0
1906 58 58 0
1907 63 63 0
1908 55 55 0
1909 64 64 0
1910 60 60 0
1911 89 89 0
1912 92 92 0
1913 115 115 0
1914 123 123 0
1915 180 172 8
1916 178 169 9
1917 191 181 10
1918 181 174 7
1919 191 177 14
1920 200 184 16
1921 191 179 12
1922 190 177 13
1923 149 135 14
1924 169 155 14
1925 175 160 15
1926 176 162 14
1927 140 125 15
1928 164 151 13
1929 147 139 8
1930 135 125 10
1931 134 121 13
1932 117 117 0
1933 106 106 0
1934 110 104 6
1935 100 100 0
1936 121 116 5
1937 125 118 7
1938 97 84 13
1939 101 101 0
1940 94 86 8
1941 109 109 0
1942 129 121 8
1943 119 110 9
1944 107 98 9
1945 94 87 7
1946 135 127 8
1947 137 130 7
1948 152 146 6
1949 130 123 7
1950 120 111 9
1951 121 113 8
1952 128 120 8
1953 133 126 7
1954 112 112 0
1955 136 131 5
1956 122 114 8
1957 145 139 6
1958 149 149 0
1959 133 133 0
1960 120 113 7
1961 114 114 0
1962 120 114 6
1963 120 120 0
1964 106 100 6
1965 99 99 0
1966 108 102 6
1967 89 89 0
1968 112 112 0
1969 91 91 0
1970 83 83 0
1971 92 92 0
1972 76 76 0
1973 85 85 0
1974 83 83 0
1975 109 104 5
1976 108 102 6
1977 120 120 0
1978 134 134 0
1979 111 111 0
1980 129 129 0
1981 140 140 0
1982 109 109 0
1983 140 140 0
1984 132 132 0
1985 129 129 0
1986 113 113 0
1987 121 121 0
1988 103 103 0
1989 126 126 0
1990 124 124 0
1991 109 109 0
1992 134 134 0
1993 136 136 0
1994 96 96 0
1995 112 112 0
1996 83 83 0
1997 130 130 0
1998 111 111 0
1999 139 139 0
2000 172 172 0
2001 176 176 0
2002 217 217 0
2003 195 195 0
2004 271 266 5
2005 170 170 0
2006 208 208 0
2007 223 223 0
2008 201 201 0
2009 214 214 0
2010 208 208 0
2011 202 202 0
2012 225 225 0
2013 217 217 0
2014 233 233 0
2015 271 271 0
2016 287 287 0
2017 313 313 0

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Popularity of Rhea as a first name

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Popularity of Rhea as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Rhea U.S.
  White 84.82% 64.26%
  African American 8.53% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.25% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.60% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.36% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.45% 16.26%

Of Last Name Rhea

People with the last name Rhea are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Rhea

  • What name lists does Rhea rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Rhea? Rhea is the 1,878th most popular name of all time. As a last name Rhea was the 4,323rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Rhea have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 16,397 babies born with the first name Rhea in the United States. That's more than enough people named Rhea to occupy the territory of Anguilla (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 15,236 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Rhea? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Rhea first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Rhea is Saturday, February 26th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Rhea born? The highest recorded use of the first name Rhea was in 2017 with a total of 313 babies.
  • Random Rhea Factoid: According to the 1921 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rhea ranks 87th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Wyoming. Imagine that, 7 babies in Wyoming have the same name as you in 1921.
  • Weird things about the name Rhea: Your name in reverse order is Aehr. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Erha. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Rhea? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 8,219 people with the last name Rhea.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Rhea? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Rhea as their last name.

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  • 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.
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