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Rhys or Rhŷs is a popular Welsh given name (usually male) that is famous in Welsh history and is also used as a surname. It originates from Deheubarth, an old region of South West Wales, with famous kings such as Rhys ap Tewdwr.

It is pronounced [r̥ɨːs] in North Wales, [r̥iːs] in South Wales, and /rs/ in English.[1] Anglicised forms of the name include Reece, Rees, Reese and Rice.

People with the name[edit]

Pronunciation of the name 'Rhys'.
Pronunciation of the name 'Reese'.

Given name[edit]


Modern times[edit]

As a middle name or compound last name, Rhys may refer to:


As a last name, Rhys may refer to:

Price; The Patronymic Form[edit]

The surname Price/Prys/Pris/Preece is derived from the Welsh ap Rhys meaning 'son of Rhys'. Some famous people with this surname include:

  • Katie Price (born 1978), English singer
  • John Price (1501-1555), Welsh scholar and author of the first book to be printed in Welsh, also called Syr Siôn ap Rhys
  • Gerwyn Price (born 1985), professional Welsh darts player
  • Hywel ap Rhys (c.840-886), ancient Welsh king of Glywysing
  • Tomos Prys (c.1564-1634), Welsh soldier, sailor and poet
  • Berwyn Price (1951), former Welsh athlete

Fictional characters[edit]


  1. ^ Wells, John (5 January 2010). "Rees, Rhys". John Wells's phonetic blog. Retrieved 5 March 2010.

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