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Updated March 26, 2024

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Boy name origins & meanings

  • Old Welsh : Enthusiastic
  • English, Welsh : A stream
  • Dutch: advice

What does Rhett mean and stand for?

The name Rhett is of various origins, but namely Dutch and English origin and means "advice." It originates from the Anglicized Dutch surname de Raedt, which is derived from the Dutch word raet, meaning "advice, counsel".

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Boy name variations

How Popular Is The Name Rhett

Family name origins & meanings

  • Americanized form of Dutch de Raedt, from Middle Dutch raet ‘advice’. This name occurs chiefly in SC.
  • This name was brought to North America in 1694 by William Rhett (1666–1723). Robert Barnwell Rhett (1800–76) was a South Carolina congressman and senator, a noted secessionist.

Famous people who gave their babies this name


According to Social Security Administration data, Rhett has been rapidly increasing in popularity after breaking the top 200 in 2017. It reached its peak rank of 159 in 2020, and shows no signs of slowing.

However, it is the 2nd most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Rhett was at its peak popularity in September 2017.

Rhett emerged as a romantic name from literature, mostly invoking images of Gone with the Wind. It was first brought to North America in 1694, and truly received attention during the Civil War period, which may have been inspiration for the various authors at the time. Notable namesakes include singer Thomas Rhett, comedian Rhett James McLaughlin, singer Rhett Walker, and singer Rhett Forrester.

Where is it Popular?

Rhett was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Rhett

  • Rev

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