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Origins of the Rees surname

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What does the name Rees mean?

Rees is a surname that originates in Wales and is commonly found in those who are of Welsh heritage. It's a patronymic name that was given throughout history to those who are the son or descendant an individual named Rice or Rees/Rhys.

Alternative variations of the name Rees

Rees, Rhys, Reece, Rice, Rays

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Where do most Reeses live?

In 1921, most Reeses lived in South West.

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Interesting facts about Reeses

How common is your surname?

182nd most common surname in the UK

We have 276,000 records for the Rees surname. The oldest one dates back to 1397.

Who were Reeses most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Rees first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Reeses

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Reeses in 1921


House Servant


General Servant Domestic


General Servant


Domestic Servant


Common Male occupations for Reeses in 1921
Coal Miner


Coal Miner Hewer








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