Rey Name Meaning

Spanish and southern French (Occitan): from Spanish and Old French rey ‘king’ (from Latin rex, genitive regis), which could have been applied any of in numerous ways: it may have denoted someone in the service of a king; 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. English: variant spelling of Ray 1, cognate with 1. German: from a short form of a 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 ©2013, Oxford University Press

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

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Rey Family Origin

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Rey Family Occupations

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In 1939, Waiter and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK 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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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Waiter
  • Joiner
  • Retired

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife

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Rey Historical Records

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

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Rey Life Expectancy

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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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