National Reese Day is celebrated every year on July 14 and the day aims to acknowledge and show appreciation for anyone with the name Reese. Reese was primarily a boy’s name but has recently risen in popularity amongst girls, now it is considered a gender-neutral name. There are different versions of Reese, two of them being Rhys and Ries. Then the popularity of the name has varied over the years. According to Social Security Administration data, Reese has moved both up and down the charts, but it has generally stayed in the top 200. The most famous Reese is the American actress Reese Witherspoon. She could also be credited for making it popular as a female given name in the 2000s.
History of National Reese Day
The name Reese is a Welsh name and it is derived from one of the most common Welsh personal names, ‘Rhys’ and the Old Welsh ‘Rīs’ meaning ‘ardor.’ This was the name of the last ruler of an independent kingdom of Wales, Rhys ap Tewder, who died in 1093 unsuccessfully opposing the Norman advance. In North German and Dutch, the name is derived from ‘Rese’ which is the nickname for a very big man and translates into ‘giant.’
Reese Witherspoon is the most well-known Reese. She is an American actress and producer who has been credited with bringing the name into the spotlight and growing its popularity amongst females. She started her career in 1991 as a teenager. Her big-screen debut was the movie “The Man in the Moon” but her breakthrough came with her role in “Cruel Intentions” in 1999.
Witherspoon has won various awards, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and two Golden Globe Awards and she has consistently ranked among the world’s highest-paid actresses. She is not only a talented actress but also a notable producer, she has produced and starred in several female-led literary adaptations under her company ‘Hello Sunshine.’ A jack of many trades, Witherspoon also owns a clothing company called ‘Draper James.’ It’s safe to say that Reese Witherspoon is certainly a Reese who we should celebrate today.
National Reese Day timeline
Reese Witherspoon stars in “Legally Blonde” as Elle Woods and is catapulted into stardom.
Reese Witherspoon wins the Academy Award for Best Actress as June Carter Cash in “Walk the Line.”
“Time” magazine names Reese Witherspoon as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
“Forbes” lists Reese Witherspoon among the ‘World's Most Powerful Women.’
“Forbes” names Reese Witherspoon as the world's richest actress with an estimated net worth of $400 million.
National Reese Day FAQs
Is Reese a girl or boy name?
Reese is an anglicized spelling of the Welsh name Rhys. It is more popular amongst boys but girls are also named Reese.
Is it spelled, Reese or Reece?
It is spelled both ways depending on where you are from. The United States prefers Reese (with an “s”).
What does Rhys mean in the Bible?
Rhys means ‘inspired by God,’ ‘zealous,’ and ‘ardent.’
National Reese Day Activities
Throw a party
Throw a party for yourself or any of your friends named Reese. It is time to enjoy and unwind.
Watch any of Reese Witherspoon's movies
There are many movies that star Reese Witherspoon and you are bound to find one that appeals to you. You can watch all of them.
Eat Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are the perfect treat for National Reese Day. Indulge in this amazing snack.
5 Interesting Facts About Reese Witherspoon
She was born Laura Jeanne
Reese Witherspoon was born Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon, and Reese is her mother's maiden name.
She lived in Germany
Reese Witherspoon was born in New Orleans, Louisiana but spent the first five years of her life in Germany.
She has written a cookbook
Her cookbook is called “Whiskey in a Teacup” and contains Southern-inspired recipes.
Her company is named after her grandparents
Her clothing company 'Draper James' is named after her grandparents and was launched in 2015.
She can sing and play the autoharp
For her role as June Cash in “Walk the Line,” Witherspoon learned how to sing and play the autoharp.
Why We Love National Reese Day
National Reese Day is all about Reese
Today we take the day to celebrate all of those guys and gals named Reese. We enjoy and throw parties for them.
It is an unusual name
Although fairly common, Reese is a rather unusual name and we love how interesting it is. We get to engage in celebrating this name.
We are big fans of Reese Witherspoon
As fans of Reese Witherspoon, we are excited to celebrate National Reese Day. We do this by binge-watching all her films and television shows.
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