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Rhett is the shortened version of Rhettman, an Old English surname. It has been in my family, from what I have been told, for over a thousand years. There are only two that still hold this name from the original family, my father and myself. Margaret Mitchell and my Uncle Rhettman Desalvo were intimate associates and the novel "Gone With The Wind" was written about the relationship she had with my uncle (he died in the early 1990's, in his 90's) and my family history in the south during that great period of civil strife among the states.
-- Rhettman  3/9/2005
This is very unlikely to be true. Checking one of the major biographies of Margaret Mitchell, Southern Daughter by Darden Asbury Pyron, I could find no references to a "Rhettman Desalvo." Pyron's book says that Ms. Mitchell's first beau, when she was 17, was named Clifford Henry. After that romance ended, she had several suitors at once, but none of the names mentioned in the book are anything like "Rhettman Desalvo." Some of them don't have their full names given in the book, but they are called "Dan", "A.B.", and "Dr. Hudson." Full names are given for Allen Edee, Winston Withers, Jimmy Howat, Berrien "Red" Upshaw, and John Marsh. Margaret Mitchell married "Red" Upshaw in 1922 two months before she turned 22 years old; she divorced him in January 1925, and John Marsh immediately proposed to her. She married Marsh on July 4, 1925. Though Pyron doesn't think Rhett Butler is closely based on any of the men in Mitchell's life, he does mention that other critics tend to think he's based on "Red" Upshaw. In any event, it seems unlikely that there could have been any important relationship with "Rhettman Desalvo" that could have resulted in the naming of the character.
-- Anonymous User  2/24/2006
As Cleveland Kent Evans has pointed out, Rhett is a family name, borne by a famous politician during the Civil War. Maybe that's where Pargaret Mitchell got the name to use for Rhett Butler, who knows? But there's another Rhett associated with Gone with the Wind: Alicia Rhett played India Wilkes in the movie version.
-- Starla Roxanne  9/6/2006
Means 'advice' in Germanic when derived from a Dutch family name.
-- X-Mar  4/30/2005
Rhett is not a form of Rhys. It was original the surname of the Rhett family of South Carolina, one of whose members, Robert Barnwell Rhett, was a well-known politician during the Civil War era. The family's surname is an Anglicization the Dutch name, de Raedt, and that comes from the Middle Dutch raet, "advice, counsel". [noted -ed]
-- clevelandkentevans  2/23/2006
Scarlett:
"O Rhett, where will I go? What will I do?..."

Rhett:
"Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn"
-- Anonymous User  5/19/2006
The potential problem with naming your child Rhett is that no one is ever, ever going to forget Rhett Butler, giving the name an image that's a bit too suave and dashing for anyone to live up to. And of course it will be highly ironic if your kid turns out to be more of an Ashley Wilkes than a Rhett Butler.
-- Marauder  12/7/2006
Personally I love this name. It has a bit of character towards it and it's not the most commonly used name even though so many people know it.
-- Anonymous User  4/23/2007
It is true that the older generation as well as the current readers of Gone With the Wind will remember Rhett Butler and thus associate Rhett the name with Rhett the character. However, I must add that kids today have no inkling of Margaret Mitchell's great work. Honestly, it's true; everybody my age (almost 16) that I mention the book to have not heard of it. Or even more amazingly the movie.

Personally, I love the name Rhett. It's a brilliant name even despite ties to Rhett Butler.
-- Libby2  4/15/2008
I like names you don't hear of every day. I like the way the name sounds. I also adore Gone with the Wind. I don't have children, but I think Rhett Thomas is a good name for a little boy.
-- Jennifer24  4/16/2008
This kid's just waiting to be made fun of.
-- bananarama  7/26/2008
This would be a nice middle name.
-- number1212  1/20/2009
One of my best friend's name is Rhett and I absolutely love everything about this name - the way it sounds, the way it looks, everything. This name is awesome!
-- Anonymous User  3/14/2009
Even though I have absolutely *no* interest in reading the book or seeing the movie "Gone with the Wind" (mostly because Scarlett has been presented to me as a vapid, spoiled brat who doesn't really reform by the end of the story), I still can't get over how awesome the name Rhett is. I love the way it sounds, looks, everything.
-- erb816  7/25/2009
The name is simple yet mature, though Gone With the Wind is an annoying book full of annoying characters.
-- Kerules  8/1/2009
I had a teacher with this name once. For the first few days I kept thinking his name was Brett because I'd misheard it. I think it's a really unique name and wouldn't mind to see it more often. Although I wouldn't name my own child Rhett for the fact that, while it looks nice on paper, the sound of it is short and rather harsh.
-- codenameflame  2/28/2012
Kind of a weird name, and it'll remind everyone of Rhett Butler. It's kind of like naming your kid something like hermione.
-- Anonymous User  1/21/2013
Thomas Rhett Akins Sr. Is a country singer that goes by Rhett Akins. His son Thomas Rhett Akins Jr. Is also a country singer and goes by Thomas Rhett.
-- Ranchie  11/3/2013
It reminds me of "rat". And it should never be used in alliterative form. Terrible!
-- Anonymous User  12/9/2013

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