Last name origins & meanings:
- Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, and Galicia: habitational name
from any of the numerous places called Real; those in Galicia and
Portugal being named from real ‘royal’, while those in southern
Spain and Catalonia are named in part from real meaning
‘encampment’, ‘rural property’ (Arabic rạhāl ‘farmhouse’,
- French (Réal) and Spanish: from
southern French réal, Spanish real ‘royal’, hence a
nickname for someone who behaved in a regal manner or an occupational
name for someone in the service of the king.
(Réal): habitational name from any of various places named
for having been part of a royal domain (see Reau,
- Probably an Americanized spelling of German Riehl,
Riel, or Rühl (see Ruehl).
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