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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.

Reye Early Origins



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.

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Reye Early History


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Reye Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reye research. Another 220 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reye History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Reye Spelling Variations


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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.

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Reye Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Reye Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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.

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