Rey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Rey family. Originally, the French people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in France is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Rey is a nickname type of surname for a person of regal bearing or a person who played a king in a local festival. Looking back further, we find the name Rey was derived from the Old French word "roy," meaning "king."

Early Origins of the Rey family

The surname Rey was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where the family has held a family seat since ancient times.

Early History of the Rey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rey research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1098, 1306, 1330, 1470, 1533, 1570, 1583, 1645, 1726, and 1803 are included under the topic Early Rey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rey Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ray, Rays, Raie, Raies, Raye, Rayes, Rée, Rées, Rait, Rey, Reys, Rei, Reis, Duray, Leray, De Laray, Laray, du Ray, de Ray, Delurey and many more.

Early Notables of the Rey family (pre 1700)

Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Rey migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jaques Dela Rey, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Peter Rey, who landed in Virginia in 1637 [1]
  • Eliz Rey, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [1]
  • Everard Rey, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 [1]
  • Hugh Rey, who arrived in Virginia in 1654 [1]
Rey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Claude Rey, aged 40, who arrived in Louisiana in 1720 [1]
  • Jurigh Mickel Rey, aged 22, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732 [1]
  • John Andrew Rey, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 [1]
Rey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Agustin Rey, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1816 [1]
  • Luis Rey, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816 [1]
  • George Rey, aged 68, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1832 [1]
  • Teresia Rey, aged 24, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1832 [1]
  • Tu Rey, aged 10, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1832 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Rey (post 1700) +

  • Wager Rey, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Anguilla, 1884 [2]
  • Nicholas Andrew Rey (1938-2009), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Poland, 1993-97 [2]
  • Lilli J. Rey, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2008 [2]
  • Joseph A. Rey, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 5th District, 1954 [2]
  • Louis Emmanuel Rey, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [3]
  • Jean-Pierre-Antoine Rey, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [4]
  • Jean-André Rey, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [5]
  • Guillaume Rey, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [6]
  • Gabriel Venance Rey, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [7]
  • Claudius Rey (1817-1895), French entomologist
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Rey Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Gracieuseté de Ray
Motto Translation: The graciousness of Ray


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, August 27) Louis Rey. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  4. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, August 27) Jean-Pierre-Antoine Rey. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  5. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, August 27) Jean-André Rey. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  6. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, August 27) Guillaume Rey. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  7. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, August 27) Gabriel Rey. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html


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