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From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Reis 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 Reis 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 Reis was derived from the Old French word "roy," meaning "king."

Reis Early Origins



The surname Reis 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.

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Reis Spelling Variations


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Reis 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.

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Reis Early History


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Reis Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reis research. Another 221 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1098, 1306, 1330, 1470, 1533, 1570, 1583, 1645, 1726, and 1803 are included under the topic Early Reis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Reis Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Reis Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Reis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Daniel Reis went to Philadelphia in 1737
  • Johan Hend Reis, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Margaret Reis, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Conradt Reis, aged 43, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748

Reis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Reis, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Frans Frederich Reis, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Frederick Reis, aged 10, landed in Connecticut in 1812
  • Henry Reis, aged 12, landed in Connecticut in 1812
  • Lowe Reis, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Reis Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Adolf Reis, who landed in America in 1905

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Contemporary Notables of the name Reis (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Reis (post 1700)



  • Chris Reis (b. 1983), American football safety
  • Ronald Allen "Ron" Reis (b. 1970), American professional wrestler
  • Irving Reis (1906-1953), American radio program producer & director, and a film director
  • Matt Reis (b. 1975), American soccer player
  • Ronni Reis (b. 1966), American tennis player
  • Horace S. Reis, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1916
  • David Reis, American Democrat politician, Candidate for South Dakota State House of Representatives 21st District, 2010
  • Alvin C. Reis (d. 1956), American politician, Circuit Judge in Wisconsin 9th Circuit, 1954-56; Died in office 1956
  • Selma Reis (1960-2015), Brazilian actress and singer
  • Sérgio Reis (b. 1940), Brazilian sertanejo singer and actor
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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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


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    6. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
    7. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    8. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
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    The Reis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reis 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 20 May 2016.

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