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Origins of the Rhys surname

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About the Rhyses

We have a total number of 2379 records for people with the last name Rhys.

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Where do most Rhyses live?

In 1921, most Rhyses lived in South West.

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Interesting facts about Rhyses

How common is your surname?

You have a rare surname! It's not in the top 1000 UK surnames!

We have 1,730 records for the Rhys surname. The oldest one dates back to 1397.

Who were Rhyses most likely to marry?

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What are the most common Rhys first names?

  • John
  • Charles
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Rhyses

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

Common Female occupations for Rhyses in 1921




At Home


Living On Own Means


Private Means


Common Male occupations for Rhyses in 1921
Cabinet Maker


Coal Miner




Farmers Son




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