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The origins of the Welsh
name Rees 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.
The surname Rees 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
. Sir Elidir Dhu who flourished temp. Richard I., was the direct descendant of the family of Rees of Killymaenllwyd, county Carmarthen. 
Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Rees has seen various spelling variations: Rees, Reece, Rhys, Ap Rhys and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rees research. Another 245 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 161 and 1615 are included under the topic Early Rees History in all our PDF Extended History products
More information is included under the topic Early Rees Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
In the 1800s and 1900s, many Welsh
families left for North America, in search of land, work, and freedom. Those who made the trip successfully helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Rees
Rees Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Rees settled in Virginia in 1623
- Andries Rees, who landed in New York in 1664
- Gwen Rees, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1678-1679
- Ellin Rees, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1678-1679
- Ellis Rees, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1678-1679
Rees Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Hans Rees, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754
- Jacob Rees, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1760
- Dietrick Rees, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1764
- Catherina Rees, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1797
- Johanes Rees, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1797
Rees Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Elis Rees, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849
- Conrad Rees, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
- Johannes Rees, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
- Johann Werner Rees, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
- Jenkins Rees, aged 21, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1838
Rees Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Capt. David Rees U.E. (b. 1738) born in Pennsylvania, USA who died before arriving inCanada c. 1780 married to Elizabeth Babb having 4 children
Rees Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Elizabeth Rees, aged 19, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Marion"
- Elizabeth Rees, aged 19, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Marion" in 1849
- Price Rees, aged 33, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "China"
- Daniel Rees, aged 33, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sea Park"
- Zacharia Rees, aged 43, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sea Park"
Rees Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- George Rees, aged 31, a surgeon, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1841
- Benjamin Rees, aged 31, a blacksmith, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
- Hugh Rees, aged 33, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Anne Longton" in 1860
- Martha Rees, aged 28, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Anne Longton" in 1860
- Sarah Rees, aged 10, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Anne Longton" in 1860
- Griffith Rees, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1952, 1956
- Frederick P. Rees, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Mercer County, 1900-01
- Edward Herbert Rees (1886-1969), American Republican politician, Member of Kansas State House of Representatives, 1927-33; Member of Kansas State Senate, 1933-35; U.S. Representative from Kansas 4th District, 1937-61
- Diane D. Rees, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Colorado, 1972
- David Rees, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 2008
- David Rees, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Tioga County, 1857
- Cleveland Rees, American politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives from Webster County, 1937-42; Circuit Judge in Georgia Southwestern Circuit, 1953
- Caroline B. Rees, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1972
- Calvin D. Rees Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 2000 (alternate), 2004
- Brian M. Rees, American politician, Representative from California 29th District, 1996; Natural Law Candidate for U.S. Senator from California, 1998, 2000
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:
Spes melioris aeviMotto Translation:
The hope of a better age.
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- Bradsley C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print.
- Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
- Morgan, T. J. Morgan and Prys Morgan. Welsh Surnames. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1985. Print.
- Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
- Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
- Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
- Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
- Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
- Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
The Rees Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rees 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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