Regis Family History
Regis Name Meaning
French (Régis): from a derivative of Old French régir ‘to rule or manage’ applied as a status name for a local dignitary; or in some cases from French régis (from Latin regis genitive singular of rex ‘king’) applied as a nickname perhaps for someone employed in the royal household. This surname is also found in Britain. West Indian (in Haiti Martinique and Guadeloupe Régis) and Portuguese (Brazil; Régis); Hispanic (Philippines): from the French and Portuguese personal name Régis from Latin regis genitive singular of rex ‘king’ used as male equivalent of Regina . Italian: variant of Re ‘king’ from a Latinized genitive or ablative form (compare 1 above). German: habitational name from a place so named in Saxony. This surname is rare in Germany.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022