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Where did the Spanish Reyes family come from? What is the Spanish Reyes family crest and coat of arms? When did the Reyes family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Reyes family history?

From the historical and enchanting region of Spain emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Reyes family. The Reyes surname is derived from the Latin "regis, " meaning "royal." The Spanish word "rey" means "king," while "reina" means "queen." Bearing this name does not necessarily imply royal ancestry however; as, when surnames first began to be used in Medieval Spain, nicknames were often taken on as surnames.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Reyes, Rey, de Reyes, de los Reyes, del Rey, Reina, de la Reina, de Reina, Reinoso, de Reinoso, Reynoso, de Reynoso, Reinosa, de Reinosa, Reynosa, de Reynosa, Real, de Real and many more.

First found in Castile, an important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reyes research. Another 209 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1204, 1652, 1676 and 1892 are included under the topic Early Reyes History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 197 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reyes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Baltasar de los Reyes sailed to New Spain in 1576
  • Gaspar de los Reyes sailed to Mexico in 1576
  • Melchor de Reyes sailed to New Spain in 1576

Reyes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Reyes, who arrived in Virginia in 1648
  • Roger Reyes, who landed in Virginia in 1664
  • Jane Reyes, who landed in Maryland in 1671

Reyes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Robt Reyes, who arrived in Virginia in 1704

Reyes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Maria DeLaLuz Reyes, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1813
  • Gabriel DeLos Reyes, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816
  • Antonio DeLos Reyes, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1820
  • Jastaguro Reyes, aged 48, landed in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • Gonzalo Reyes, who arrived in Venezuela in 1834


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  • Alisa Reyes (b. 1981), American actress
  • Anthony Reyes (b. 1981), American former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher who played from 2005 to 2009
  • Silvestre Reyes (b. 1944), American politician from the state of Texas
  • Judy Reyes (b. 1968), American actress
  • Faustino Reyes (b. 1975), Spanish boxer
  • José Lizárraga Reyes (b. 1932), Peruvian civil engineer
  • Alfonso Reyes (1889-1959), Mexican literary scholar, poet, and diplomat
  • Dennys Reyes (b. 1977), Mexican baseball player
  • Rafael Alberto "Al" Reyes (b. 1970), Dominican Republic former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Alba Giselle Reyes Santos (b. 1981), Puerto Rican beauty pageant titleholder, Miss Photogenic Universe in 2004

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  2. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  3. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Reyes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reyes Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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