The origins of the Welsh
name Reyce 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 Reyce family
The surname Reyce 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
"In 1115, Grufydd ab Rhys, Prince of South Wales, took sanctuary in the church of Aberdaron, from the treachery of Grufydd ab Cynan, sovereign of North Wales, who intended to deliver him into the hands of the English monarch, Henry I. The young prince escaped with his partisans by night, and set forward on his journey to the deep forest of Strath Towy, in South Wales, where, having collected the adherents of his family, he commenced hostilities against the Norman and Flemish settlers. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Wales. Institute of Historical Research, 1849, Print.
Early History of the Reyce family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reyce research.Another 248 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 161 and 1615 are included under the topic Early Reyce History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Reyce Spelling Variations
Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh
surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. These spelling variations
began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh
names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic
language of the Welsh
used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Reyce name over the years has been spelled Rees, Reece, Rhys, Ap Rhys and others.
Early Notables of the Reyce family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Reyce family to Ireland
Some of the Reyce family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 125 words (9 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 Reyce family to the New World and Oceana
joined the great migrations to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like their Scottish and Irish neighbors, many Welsh
families left their homeland hoping to find hope and prosperity in a land that the English did not exercise a tight rule over. Those Welsh
immigrants that successfully traveled to North America went on to make significant contributions to the rapid development of both Canada and the United States in terms of the settling of land and the establishment of industry. They also added to the rich cultural heritage of both countries. An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Reyce: Henry Reece settled in Nevis in 1663; along with Jane; Richard Reece settled in New England
in 1668; Barbara, Jacob, Mathew, Thomas and William Reece all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870.
The Reyce 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: Spes melioris aevi
Motto Translation: The hope of a better age.