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First name origin & meaning:

Old Welsh: Enthusiastic

First name variations: Riece, Reace, Rice, Rhys, Rhett, Rett, Reece

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. Dutch: from the Germanic personal name Razo, a derivative of compound names with the first element rād ‘counsel’.
  2. German: from an old field name, ros, ras, meaning ‘swamp’. There is a stream called Rase near Göttingen, which may also be a source of the surname.
  3. German: from a short form of the personal name Erasmus (see Rasmus), or from a short form of a Slavic personal name with the first element rad. Compare Rasch 2.
  4. South German (Räse): variant of Rass or Räss (see Ras 6).
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