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National Reese Day – July 14, 2023

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

2001
Legally Blonde

Reese Witherspoon stars in “Legally Blonde” as Elle Woods and is catapulted into stardom.

2005
Academy Award

Reese Witherspoon wins the Academy Award for Best Actress as June Carter Cash in “Walk the Line.”

2006
100 Most Influential People in the World

“Time” magazine names Reese Witherspoon as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

2019
World's 100 Most Powerful Women

“Forbes” lists Reese Witherspoon among the ‘World's Most Powerful Women.’

2021
Richest Actress

“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

  1. Throw a party

    Throw a party for yourself or any of your friends named Reese. It is time to enjoy and unwind.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  1. She was born Laura Jeanne

    Reese Witherspoon was born Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon, and Reese is her mother's maiden name.

  2. She lived in Germany

    Reese Witherspoon was born in New Orleans, Louisiana but spent the first five years of her life in Germany.

  3. She has written a cookbook

    Her cookbook is called “Whiskey in a Teacup” and contains Southern-inspired recipes.

  4. Her company is named after her grandparents

    Her clothing company 'Draper James' is named after her grandparents and was launched in 2015.

  5. 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

National Reese Day dates

YearDateDay
2023July 14Friday
2024July 14Sunday
2025July 14Monday
2026July 14Tuesday
2027July 14Wednesday

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