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Reese Meaning and Origin

The name Reese is a unisex name meaning “ardent, fiery” and is of English, Welsh origin. Reese is a variant of the Welsh name Rhys, which means “enthusiasm” or “ardor.” Rhys is a popular name in Wales and has gained popularity in other English-speaking countries as well. Reese can also be a variant of the German name Riese, which means “giant” or “big.” Reese can be an Anglicized form of the Irish name Ó Ríordáin or Ó Ríoghbhardáin, meaning “descendant of Ríordáin” or “descendant of Ríoghbhardán.” Reese can be a surname of English origin, derived from the Old English word “hreosan,” meaning “to rush” or “to fall.” The name Reese has become a popular given name in recent years, particularly for both boys and girls in the United States. It gained recognition partly due to the success of Reese Witherspoon, an American actress, who has brought prominence to the name.

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