Boy name origins & meanings
- Welsh : Ardent one
Family name origins & meanings
- South German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) : from a Germanic personal name, but mainly a nickname for an exceptionally tall or big man, Middle High German rise, German Riese ‘giant’. In some cases the name may have been used to refer ironically to a particularly short man.
- South German : habitational name from any of several places named Ries.
- German : topographic name from Middle Low German rīs ‘branch’, ‘twig’, ‘brushwood’.
- Altered spelling of German Riess or Reis.