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The name Rex is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in the county of Somerset. Rex is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. In this case the surname was originally derived from the Old English word risc which refers to those individuals who lived near the rushes.

Rex Early Origins



The surname Rex was first found in Somerset, where they held a family seat during the Middle Ages.

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Rex Spelling Variations


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Rex Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Rex are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Rex include: Ricks, Rickes, Rick, Rix, Rixon, Ricke and others.

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Rex Early History


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Rex Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rex research. Another 281 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1274 and 1333 are included under the topic Early Rex History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rex Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rex Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Rex 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



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Rex or a variant listed above:

Rex Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • George Rex, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1792

Rex Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Rex, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1895

Rex Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Fedele Rex, who emigrated to the United States, in 1901
  • Hanesy Rex, aged 28, who settled in America from France, in 1904
  • Charles Rex, aged 64, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Anna Rex, aged 67, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Arthur E. Rex, aged 27, who settled in America, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rex (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rex (post 1700)



  • Adam Rex (b. 1973), American illustrator and author of children's book
  • Wilson Rex, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1916
  • William S. Rex, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1912
  • Kathryn Rex, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1944
  • John H. Rex, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Montgomery County, 1903-08
  • Jacob Rex, American politician, Mayor of Canton, Ohio, 1839-40
  • George Rex, American politician, Mayor of Canton, Ohio, 1885-87
  • George Rex, American politician, Justice of Ohio State Supreme Court, 1874-77
  • George Rex, American politician, Member of Ohio State Senate 28th District, 1852-53
  • Frances Rex, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1972
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    3. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    8. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    11. ...

    The Rex Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rex 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 10 December 2015 at 11:18.

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