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Rey Family History

Rey Surname Meaning

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 . English (Somerset): variant of Ray . German: from a short form of an ancient Germanic personal name formed with ragin ‘counsel’. German: nickname for a leader of dancing or singing from Middle Low German rei(e) ‘(line) dance (satirical) song’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Ray, Roy, Re, Ney, Fey, Ley, Hey, Reh, Bey, Krey

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Where is the Rey family from?

You can see how Rey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rey families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 61 Rey families living in London. This was about 21% of all the recorded Rey's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Rey families in 1891.
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What did your Rey ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Waiter and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Rey. 34% of Rey men worked as a Waiter and 77% of Rey women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rey were Retired and Housewife. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • Waiter
  • Joiner
  • Retired

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Incapacitated
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 33,000 census records available for the last name Rey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rey census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 21,000 immigration records available for the last name Rey. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Rey. For the veterans among your Rey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rey lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Rey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Rey in 1943 was 26, and 71 in 2004.

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