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Reid is a first name typically given to boys, but in rare cases also used as a girls name.

Reid – popular and common in the US!

The name Reid isn’t among the current fashionable names in our top 10 stats, but nonetheless, it’s still very popular and common. In our SmartGenius ranking of all boys names, Reid ranks 278. Recently, out of every 10,000 newborn boys, approximately 7 were named Reid. In the entire USA, approximately 32,550 people – children, adults and seniors – currently bear the name Reid. That is 0.01 % of all living Americans.

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

What does the name 
Reid mean?

Reid is a variant of Reed, an English surname meaning ‘red’. It derived from Old English ‘read’ and was originally a nickname given to a person with red hair.

Unrelated to the name,.. this is also the English word for tall grass-like plants that grow in marshes.

Reid has 4 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 quite common as an initial letter for boys’ names. To be precise, 5.2% of all boys' names in the US begin with this letter. The most common first letters of boys' names, by the way, are J, A and D.

With four letters, the name Reid is shorter than most other given names. In fact, only 5.5% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly four letters. Just 1.2% of all first names are even shorter, while 93% consist of more than four 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.

Therefore: As 5.2% of all boys' names start with R, this initial letter occurs much more often than all 26 letters on average. And maybe interesting to know: of all the names that begin with an R, Robert is the most common.

Other names with 
R, e, i and d

If you take all the letters in the name Reid – R, e, i and d – and put them together again, you can form other names, such as Erdi or others.

With hands, flags and sounds 
How to say Reid

If your name is Reid 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 Reid

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





This is how the name Reid 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 Reid 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 Reid

Just use American Sign Language!

The name Reid 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 Reid

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. Reid sounds like this: