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The first name 

Rea is a first name for girls, occasionally also given to boys.

Rea – one in 100,000!

There’s a good chance that a girl named Rea in a medium-sized town will be unique. That’s because only a few babies a year are named Rea in all of the US. Only about one in 100,000 girls is named Rea by her parents. In the ranking of most common girls names in recent years, Rea ranks at #5,915. That means there are 5,914 more common girls names, but there are also a few thousand that are even rarer. If you polled the whole US population – children, adults and seniors – you’d find less than one in 10,000 to be named Rea.

You won't believe all there is 
to discover about the name

Rea -
a special name with a long history

Rea is not one of the particularly popular names, in fact in some of the last 143 years it has been given so infrequently that it doesn't even show up in our statistics (here a name is only recorded in those years in which it was given to newborns at least five times). This was, for example, most recently the case in 1988, where the name Rea was given at most four times in the entire USA, perhaps even less or not even once. (If you are Rea and were born in the USA in 1988 please get in touch with us!) Before that, however, there was a time when the name was significantly more popular - way back in the last century, Rea even made it into the top 1,000 of our SmartGenius statistics of the most popular girls' names: In 1910, it ranked on position 990 - a popularity it has never reached again since then.

In years where the graph has no value, the name Rea was given less than five times or even none at all in the entire USA.

Happy Birthday - 23 girls named Rea celebrate their second birthday this year

Even though the popularity of the name Rea has fluctuated in the past and there were years when the name was almost not chosen at all by expectant parents, it has without question arrived in the 21st century. In 2022, the name was given a remarkable 23 times by young parents to their newborn daughters and thus landed at #4,797 in the SmartGenius ranking of the currently most popular girls' names. Nevertheless, the name is still so rare that the 23 girls named Rea, who are celebrating their second birthday this year, can rightly feel very special, because it is most likely that in their kindergarten they will be the only children who turn around when someone calls 'Rea'.

Rea -
at home only in a few regions of the USA

The first name Rea is a true rarity among all women and girls currently living in the United States – only 53 Americans in total bear this name. And these 53 women are located in only three states: California, New York and Pennsylvania (it should be noted that the official statistics provide the data per state only if there are at least 5 women with this name in the state. So, if your name is Rea and you live outside the states marked on the map, please let us know so we can improve our statistics). The state with the most girls and women named Rea in relation to it’s female population is New York. And yet even there, only one in 361,616 women would raise her hand if you asked, who is called Rea.

Rea has 3 letters 
and begins with an R

Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter R is neither particularly common nor particularly rare as a first letter for girls' names: 4.1% of all common girls' names in the US begin with this letter. The most common first letters of girls' names are A and S, while X and U are the least common initials of girls' names.

With only three letters, the name Rea is obviously very short. In fact, only 1.0% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly three letters. Just 0.2% of all first names are even shorter and only have two letters, while nearly 99% of all boys’ and girls’ names use more than three letters. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long. There are no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.

Thus, it follows that if 4.1% of all girls' names start with an R, this initial letter occurs about as often as all 26 letters on average. And maybe interesting to know: Rebecca is the girls’ name starting with R, which is the most common of all.

Other names with 
R, e and a

If you take all the letters in the name Rea – R, e and a – and put them together again, you can form other names, such as Rae or Era.

With hands, flags and sounds 
How to say Rea

If your name is Rea and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...

This is how you spell the name Rea

So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Rea, you can simply say:




This is how the name Rea is spelled in the NATO phonetic alphabet

The NATO alphabet often helps people spell words on the phone or radio when there are communication problems.

How do you write Rea in Braille?

Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.



You want to tell a deaf person that your name is Rea

Just use American Sign Language!

The name Rea is particularly colorful in the Semaphore flag signaling system!

These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.


Have you ever waved the name Rea

In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.


Beeping like crazy...

In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Rea sounds like this: