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Rea Name Meaning

English: from a misdivision of the Middle English phrase atter ye ‘at the island’ (Old English ēg īeg). The surname may be topographic for someone who lived on an island or patch of firm ground surrounded by marsh or habitational from a place so named such as Rye (Sussex) The Rye in High Wycombe (Buckinghamshire) Rye Hill in Epping Upland (Essex) Rye Mill in Feering (Essex) and Rye House in Stanstead Abbots (Hertfordshire). Alternatively the name may also arise from a misdivision of the Middle English phrase atter eye ‘at the river’ (Old English ēa) and may also be topographic for someone who lived near a river or stream or habitational from a place so named such as Rea in Hempsted (Gloucestershire) Ray Lodge in Lingfield (Surrey) and Rye Farm in Cranleigh (Surrey). Due to the similarity of Middle English forms it is now impossible to distinguish between the two explanations. See also Nye . English: post-medieval form of Wray . English: variant of Ray . Scottish: shortened and altered form of McRae . Irish: from Riabhach described as an adjectival surname (meaning ‘gray’ or ‘brindled’) that replaced a hereditary one.7: Italian: from the male personal name Rea a short form of Andrea . Compare Reo Italian: from the feminine form of the nickname Reo

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

Similar surnames: Reap, Crea, Dea, Rey, Ree, Reay, Rex, Kea, Lea, Drea

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You can see how Rea families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rea family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rea families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 32 Rea families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 15% of all the recorded Rea's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Rea families in 1840.
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What did your Rea ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Rea. 15% of Rea men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Rea women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rea were Clerk and Housekeeper. .

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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 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Rea life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Rea in 1940 was 78, and 78 in 2004.

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