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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?

Joneses

&

Thomases

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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
Dressmaker

1,605

House Servant

796

General Servant Domestic

769

General Servant

651

Domestic Servant

637

Common Male occupations for Reeses in 1921
Coal Miner

3,769

Coal Miner Hewer

2,090

Farmer

1,747

Collier

1,189

Carpenter

733

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