Reed name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Origin and Meaning of Reed

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  1. A user from Georgia, U.S. says the name Reed means "Red".
  2. A submission from the United Kingdom says the name Reed means "Of red hair" and is of Celtic origin.
  3. According to a user from New Jersey, U.S., the name Reed is of Arabic origin and means "Arabic/Hebrew and means 'Reed' as as you would use in an instrument also means red but unlike most say Red Sea it would be Reed Sea".
  4. A user from Missouri, U.S. says the name Reed means "Red-Headed".
  5. A user from Wisconsin, U.S. says the name Reed is of English origin and means "Reed, tall grass,".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Reed
noun and verb Reed
Same as Rede.
noun Reed
The fourth stomach of a ruminant; rennet.
noun Reed
  1. [Bot] A name given to many tall and coarse grasses or grasslike plants, and their slender, often jointed, stems, such as the various kinds of bamboo, and especially the common reed of Europe and North America (Phragmites communis).
  2. A musical instrument made of the hollow joint of some plant; a rustic or pastoral pipe."Arcadian pipe, the pastoral reed Of Hermes." [Milton.]
  3. An arrow, as made of a reed.
  4. Straw prepared for thatching a roof.(Prov. Eng)
  5. [Mus]
    1. A small piece of cane or wood attached to the mouthpiece of certain instruments, and set in vibration by the breath. In the clarinet it is a single fiat reed; in the oboe and bassoon it is double, forming a compressed tube.
    2. One of the thin pieces of metal, the vibration of which produce the tones of a melodeon, accordeon, harmonium, or seraphine; also attached to certain sets or registers of pipes in an organ.
  6. [Weaving] A frame having parallel flat stripe of metal or reed, between which the warp threads pass, set in the swinging lathe or batten of a loom for beating up the weft; a sley. See Batten.
  7. [Mining] A tube containing the train of powder for igniting the charge in blasting.
  8. [Arch] Same as Reeding.

Etymology: AS. hreód; akin to D. riet, G. riet ried, OHG. kriot riot

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A musical instrument that sounds by means of a vibrating reed
  2. A vibrator consisting of a thin strip of stiff material that vibrates to produce a tone when air streams over it ("the clarinetist fitted a new reed onto his mouthpiece")
  3. United States physician who proved that yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes (1851-1902)
  4. United States journalist who reported on the October Revolution from Petrograd in 1917; founded the Communist Labor Party in America in 1919; is buried in the Kremlin in Moscow (1887-1920)
  5. Tall woody perennial grasses with hollow slender stems especially of the genera Arundo and Phragmites
  1. A surname​, a spelling variant of Reid.
  2. A unisex given name transferred from the surname.
  3. A village in Hertfordshire, England.

Notable Persons Named Reed

Notable Persons Named Reed

Reed Hastings

Reed Hastings is a co-founder, ceo of netflix, netflix, and ceo ofnetflix. Reed was given the name Wilmot Reed Hastings, Jr. on October 8th, 1960 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

Reed Diamond

Reed Diamond is an actor. His ongoing career started in 1974. Reed was given the name Reed Edward Diamond on July 20th, 1967 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

Reed Charles Oconnor

Reed was born in 1965 in Houston.

Reed Timmer

Reed Timmer is a in the field of meteorology. Reed was born on March 17th, 1980 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Reed is also known as The Dominator.

Reed Morano

Reed Morano is a director, cinematographer, and director andcinematographer. Reed was born on April 15th, 1977.

Reed Alexander

Reed Alexander is an actor. He has been prominent since 2002. Reed was born in Florida.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Reed

Notable Persons With the Last Name Reed

Lou Reed

Lou Reed was a rock music, experimental music, proto-punk, glam rock, and art rock musician. He plays Fender Telecaster, Gretsch, Gretsch White Falcon, Fender Stratocaster, Gibson ES-335, Epiphone, Gibson SG, and Steinberger. He was most prominent from 1958 to 2013. Lou was given the name Lewis Allan Reed on March 2nd, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. He left this life on October 27th, 2013.

Nikki Reed

Nikki Reed is an actress, screenwriter, model, singer-songwriter, music video director, and model (people). Her most notable accomplishments were from 2003 to present. Nikki was given the name Nicole Houston Reed on May 17th, 1988 in West Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Oliver Reed

Oliver Reed was an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1958 to 1999. Oliver was given the name Robert Oliver Reed on February 13th, 1938 in Wimbledon, Surrey, England. He breathed his last breath on May 2nd, 1999.

John Reed

John Reed was a journalist. John was given the name John Silas Reed on October 22nd, 1887 in Portland, Oregon, United States. He died on October 17th, 1920.

Crystal Reed

Crystal Reed is an actress and model. Crystal was born on February 6th, 1985 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Jerry Reed

Jerry Reed was a musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1956 to 2008. Jerry was given the name Jerry Reed Hubbard on March 20th, 1937 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. He passed away on September 1st, 2008.

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Reed U.S.
  White 71.29% 64.26%
  African American 22.63% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.51% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.05% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.30% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.22% 16.26%

Of Last Name Reed

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

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Fun Facts about the name Reed

  • What name lists does Reed rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Reed? Reed is the 1,351st most popular name of all time. As a last name Reed was the 73rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Reed have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 32,418 babies born with the first name Reed in the United States. That's more than enough people named Reed to occupy the country of San Marino with an estimated population of 32,312 (as of March 31, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Reed? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1881 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Reed first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Reed is Saturday, December 18th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Reed born? The highest recorded use of the first name Reed was in 2014 with a total of 1,095 babies. That's a lot of babies named Reed!
  • Random Reed Factoid: According to the 1918 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Reed ranks 58th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Utah. Imagine that, 22 babies in Utah have the same name in 1918.
  • Weird things about the name Reed: The name spelled backwards is Deer. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Dere. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Reed? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 277,030 people with the last name Reed.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Reed? Reed was ranked as the 73rd most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
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