Origins Available: English
The name Reye arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Reye family lived in Sussex
. Their name however, is a topographical reference indicating that the original bearer of the name lived near to a field of rye, and was distinguished by this proximity.
Early Origins of the Reye family
The surname Reye was first found in Sussex
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Reye family
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Reye Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Rye, Rie, Ries, Ryse, Rise and others.
Early Notables of the Reye family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Reye family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Reye or a variant listed above: George Rye who settled in New England
in 1772; John and L. Rye settled in San Francisco in 1852.