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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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The surname Reyes was first found in Castile, an important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain.

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.


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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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  • Anthony Reyes (b. 1981), American former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher who played from 2005 to 2009
  • Eloise Reyes, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for California, 2000
  • Edward Diego Reyes, American Democrat politician, Colonel in U.S. Air Force; Lieutenant Governor of Guam, 1983-86
  • Ben T. Reyes, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Texas 29th District, 1992, 1994
  • Arturo Reyes, American politician, Mayor of Lynwood, California, 2001-
  • Art P. Reyes, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Hawaii 2nd District, 2002, 2003
  • Andrew Reyes, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 2000
  • Adam Reyes, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1988
  • Gil Reyes, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1996
  • Janie Reyes, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1996

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  1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  2. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. 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.

This page was last modified on 24 February 2016 at 23:08.

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