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Origin, popularity and meaning of the name REY

Origin

Rey : 1: Spanish Galician and French (Occitan): from Spanish and Old French rey ‘king’ (from Latin rex genitive regis) which may have denoted someone in the service of a king or it may have been from the title of someone in a brotherhood or a nickname for someone who behaved in a regal fashion or who had earned the title in some contest of skill or by presiding over festivities. Compare Del Rey and Galician Rei.2: English (Somerset): variant of Ray.3: German: from a short form of an ancient Germanic personal name formed with ragin ‘counsel’.4: German: nickname for a leader of dancing or singing from Middle Low German rei(e) ‘(line) dance (satirical) song’.

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Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England

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