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Rhys or Rhŷs is a popular Welsh given name (usually male), which is famous in Welsh history and which is also used as a surname. It is pronounced [r̥ɨːs] in North Wales, [r̥iːs] in South Wales, and /rs/ in English.[1] Anglicised forms of the name include Rees, Reese and Reece.

Given name[edit]

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

Welsh history[edit]

Modern times[edit]

As a first name, Rhys may refer to:


As a last name, Rhys may refer to: *Father Rhys, Whalepool Troll

Fictional characters[edit]


  1. ^ Wells, John (5 January 2010). "Rees, Rhys". John Wells's phonetic blog. Retrieved 5 March 2010. 
  2. ^ http://www.e-webdesigns.ca/sylviarhysthomas/