Rhys

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9k
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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 Rhys

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  • According to a user from United Kingdom, the name Rhys is of Unknown origin and means "Best name of the planet be proud".
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Wiktionary

From Old Welsh Rīs (“ardor, fiery warrior”).

  1. A male given name used in Wales since the Middle Ages.
  2. A patronymic surname​.

Notable Persons Named Rhys

Rhys Ifans is an actor. He has been prominent since 1990. Rhys was given the name Rhys Owain Evans on July 22nd, 1967 in Haverfordwest.

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Rhys was born on September 27th, 1995 in Liverpool. He breathed his last breath on August 22nd, 2007.

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Rhys Darby is an actor and comedian. He was most active from 1996 to present. Rhys was given the name Rhys Montague Darby on March 21st, 1974 in New Zealand.

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Rhys Wakefield is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 2000. Rhys was born on November 20th, 1988 in Cairns.

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Rhys Matthew Bond is an actor. His ongoing career started in 2011. Rhys was born Rhys Matthew Bond on June 11th, 1998 in Hampstead, London, U.K.

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Rhys Coiro is an actor. His ongoing career started in 2003. Rhys was born on March 12th, 1979 in Calabria.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Rhys

Matthew Rhys is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1997. Matthew was given the name Matthew Rhys Evans on November 8th, 1974 in Cardiff, Wales, UK.

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Jean Rhys was a modernism and postmodernism novelist, short story writer, essayist, and short story. Jean was born on August 24th, 1890 in Roseau. She left this life on May 14th, 1979.

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Paul Rhys is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1985 to present. Paul was born on December 19th, 1963 in Neath, Glamorgan, Wales, UK.

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Gruff Rhys is a musician. He has been prominent since 1988. Gruff was born on July 18th, 1970 in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales.

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Phillip Rhys is an actor and director. His most notable accomplishments were from 1997 to present. Phillip was born on June 14th, 1974 in London.

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Elen was born Elen Rhys in Aberystwyth.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1929 8 0 8
1941 5 0 5
1946 9 0 9
1948 5 0 5
1949 8 0 8
1950 7 0 7
1951 6 0 6
1952 11 0 11
1953 11 0 11
1954 13 0 13
1955 15 0 15
1956 17 0 17
1957 9 0 9
1958 11 0 11
1959 5 0 5
1960 14 0 14
1961 15 0 15
1962 11 0 11
1963 13 0 13
1964 13 0 13
1965 8 0 8
1966 9 0 9
1967 7 0 7
1968 10 0 10
1969 11 0 11
1970 10 0 10
1971 7 0 7
1973 11 0 11
1974 5 0 5
1975 10 0 10
1976 6 0 6
1977 8 0 8
1978 6 0 6
1979 23 0 23
1980 27 0 27
1981 24 0 24
1982 26 0 26
1983 23 0 23
1984 30 0 30
1985 41 0 41
1986 29 0 29
1987 40 0 40
1988 41 0 41
1989 32 0 32
1990 51 0 51
1991 52 0 52
1992 39 0 39
1993 68 0 68
1994 62 5 57
1995 62 0 62
1996 84 8 76
1997 85 8 77
1998 105 7 98
1999 132 16 116
2000 149 15 134
2001 165 20 145
2002 163 19 144
2003 166 14 152
2004 203 23 180
2005 197 20 177
2006 225 20 205
2007 303 41 262
2008 390 33 357
2009 479 23 456
2010 591 42 549
2011 578 39 539
2012 615 39 576
2013 586 26 560
2014 610 30 580
2015 582 22 560
2016 632 22 610
2017 644 30 614

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Popularity of Rhys as a first name

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Common last names for Rhys

  • Williams
  • Thomas

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Rhys U.S.
  White 76.24% 64.26%
  African American 14.36% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.97% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.46% 16.26%

Of Last Name Rhys

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

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Fun Facts about the name Rhys

  • How Popular is the name Rhys? Rhys is the 2,737th most popular name of all time. As a last name Rhys was the 91,221st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Rhys have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 8,668 babies born with the first name Rhys in the United States. That's more than enough people named Rhys to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Rhys? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1929 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Rhys first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Rhys is Friday, June 7th, 1878.
  • What year had the most people named Rhys born? The highest recorded use of the first name Rhys was in 2017 with a total of 614 babies.
  • Random Rhys Factoid: According to the 2016 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rhys is not a popular baby boy's name in Utah. Imagine that, only 8 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 2016.
  • Weird things about the name Rhys: Your name in reverse order is Syhr. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Yrsh. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Rhys? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 202 people with the last name Rhys.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Rhys? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Rhys as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.4m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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).
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