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Very pretty :)
-- Anonymous User  5/9/2005
Yes, it's probably something that has to do with rivers because in Portugal we have a word "ria" which means river and it's pronounced the same way as Rhea. And since Portuguese language has its roots in Latin and Greek...
-- Mary-Rach  11/11/2005
Rhea Perlman is an actress best known for playing Carla Tortelli on the show "Cheers" and Zena Sherman on the show "Taxi."
-- breakofday  12/16/2005
I write a book (more names in my polls), and one of the main character's name is Rhea.
-- Dahlis  1/11/2006
I have a friend named Rhea. I think it's a pretty name. Also: Rhea is an anagram of Hera!
-- swisssugar  5/31/2006
Rhea is also a species of flightless birds. It really has nothing to do with names, but I just thought I'd mention it. lol.
-- MusicRat  7/11/2006
One of my favorites!
-- rainxxxgurl  9/24/2006
RAYA I think is a good name for use of pronunciation. :)
-- Anonymous User  9/24/2006
One lady I knew with this name, a teacher, was called diarrhea by the kids, behind her back of course.
-- Anonymous User  11/1/2006
This name is so pretty!
-- 7up  1/26/2007
Er, there's a /bird/ called a Rhea. A very, very big gray bird. Not exactly the best name for a little girl.
-- aqualime  1/28/2007
In the film Solaris (both Tarkovsky and Soderbergh versions), the troubled but beautiful wife of the protagonist is named Rheya. I think that's a lovely variation of this beautiful name.
-- dominika  2/24/2007
My grandma's name is Marie. But she went by Rhea when she was a teenager. My fiancee says he doesn't like the name Rhea because he thinks it's a name that can be teased easily, i.e. Rhea has diarhea. Yeah gross. But I think this can also be spelt Ria, and be short for Maria, Gloria.
-- roxhai  3/6/2007
Caroline Rhea has this as a surname.
-- Anonymous User  7/16/2007
It's nice, but I can't help but think of how similar it sounds to the word urea.
-- Lizdebiz  8/1/2007
I've also heard this pronounced "RAY-ah".
-- Lady Seashell  4/30/2008
I think it's a nice name but beware I knew a girl with this name and kids would call her diarrhea.
-- sixblackroses  9/6/2008
I first heard of this name in the movie Solaris and have loved it ever since. It is one of my favorite female names, though I have always thought it was pronounced ray-ah. It is extremely feminine without being fluffy, pretentious or airheaded sounding. To me it sounds almost mysterious but delicate.
-- Jeszika  10/22/2008
I love this name if it is pronounced "Ray-ah", mostly because it sounds prettier this way but also as a way of avoiding that awful "diarrhea" nickname.
-- Daenerys  11/28/2008
Excuse me, but I have the name Rhea for my middle name. Yet, I pronounce mine much like the name Rae, for it's also short for Rachel. My name was meant to honor my grandmother who holds the name Rachel. Yet, my family has the most unique combinations of names, we spelled my name R-H-E-A, Rhea, or Rae.
-- savannaha1207  6/27/2009
The proper Latin pronunciation of this name is RAY-ə.
-- eguo0124  9/14/2009
I personally bear the name, and I like it. Thanks for those who said it's a beautiful name.
-- Anonymous User  9/29/2009
I think it's very pretty, but there is the nasty "diarrhea" joke.
-- Chrila96  1/8/2011
Etymologists have also suggested that it comes from ερα meaning ground—with metathesis (switching) of the first two letters to get ρεα. It has also been suggested that the name is related to the Greek "pomegranate" (ροα) and is Indo-European in origin.
-- Gellis  5/25/2011
I really like it. I prefer it pronounced REE-ah, though RAY-ah wouldn't be a bad sound, either. When I think of someone named Rhea, I think of a tall, beautiful woman with long blond hair, amber eyes, and caramel-colored skin wearing a long gold dress standing in the sunset. I always think of gold whenever I hear this name.
-- Black_X  8/19/2011
The name Rhea was given to 224 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
-- Oohvintage  7/16/2013
Rhea is the name of one of Saturn's larger moons.
-- Buneary  9/15/2015
This is my grandfather's name and I am proud to have such a beautiful and unique name. We represent more than a gray bird or diarrhea. Rhea has history. The comment that Rhea makes you think of a tall woman with blonde hair- all the Rheas I know are barely 5'5 in height, lol, and we are of Creole origin- at least all my relatives are Creole. Caroline Rhea was the first white lady I knew of that had our last name, other than the one who came knocking on our door seeking answers about her family tree.
-- RheaLoved  12/13/2015
Rhea is a surname in my family, commonly given as a middle name to the daughters of Rhea women who marry into other surnames. We pronounce it, as both a surname and a given name--RAY. The Rhea branch of my family is originally from Ireland, having moved to America several hundred years ago, and the name has been pronounced this way as long as anyone can remember.
-- kirianne  12/27/2015
Aside from Rachel, is it short for anything else? I'm searching for missing family...
-- Erinvz  3/11/2016
I immediately think of Perlman and I like it...makes me think of Reba, too...but, I kind of would like it better pronounced "Ray-uh" instead of "Ree-uh?" Maybe tack an accent mark on the e?
-- IEnjoyTonsOGoodNames  6/29/2016

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