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Reyes Surname Origin

(Spanish) and (southern French) from Spanish and Old French rey ‘king’ (from Latin rex, genitive regis), which could have been applied any of in numerous ways: it may have denoted someone in the service of a king; it may have been from the title of someone in a brotherhood; or a nickname for someone who behaved in a regal fashion or who had earned the title in some contest of skill or by presiding over festivities.


Source: American Surnames. ; Smith, Elsdon C; Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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