The origins of the Welsh
name Rece go back to those ancient Celts
known as the Britons
that once occupied the hills and Moors
. This old Welsh
surname is from the Welsh personal name
Rhys, which also took the forms Rice and Rees. This name was originally derived from the Old Welsh
forename Ris, which means ardour.
Early Origins of the Rece family
The surname Rece was first found in Carmarthenshire
(Welsh: Sir Gaerfyrddin), located in Southwest Wales
, one of thirteen historic counties and presently one of the principal area in Wales, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Rece family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rece research.Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1637, 1715 and are included under the topic Early Rece History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rece Spelling Variations
There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. Early variations of Welsh
surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic
, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh
names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations
were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Rece have included Rice, Rees, Rhys and others.
Early Notables of the Rece family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Rece Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rece family to Ireland
Some of the Rece family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 185 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rece family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Rece Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- James Rece, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cromwell" in 1849 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Cromwell 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Cromwell.htm
The Rece 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: Secret et hardi
Motto Translation: Secret and bold.