Is This Name Off-Limits for Boys?
- Reece Fan
The name Reece is certainly heard on girls today, so I can understand why some people would think that makes it "a girl's name." In past generations, androgyny was the touch of death for boys' names. As soon as a name started to tip toward the girls' side, parents of boys would abandon it.
Today, though, the world of unisex names is a lot more fluid. Popular name styles often rise up the boys' and girls' popularity charts simultaneously and there's no predicting whether they will tip male or female, or stay in even balance. What's more, a modern name's gender identity can be a game of inches -- or rather, letters.
A young Jalen today is most likely a boy; a young Jaelyn, pronounced the same, is most likely a girl. A Ryliegh is predictably female, while a Riley could be either sex. And despite what your friends tell you, most young Reeces are boys...but thanks to actress Reese Witherspoon, most young Reeses are girls. The feminine-leaning Reese is the more common spelling.
Does that make Reece/Reese "a girl's name"? I wouldn't say so. If you hear the name, you really can't make a guess at the individual's sex. The sound and style remain androgynous, and close to trendy boys' names like Chase and Bryce.
If it's that sound that attracts you rather than the written look of the name, you may be in luck. There's a secret weapon available: the Welsh original Rhys, which remains a reliably masculine classic.