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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  • Farmer

    28%
  • Laborer

    15%
  • Keeping House

    9%
  • Farming

    3%

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rey. The most common Rey occupation in the USA was Farmer. 28% of Rey's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Rey family was Farming.

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Between 1943 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Rey

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