Last name origins & meanings:
- Galician: habitational name from any of the three places in
Ourense province, Galicia named Reza.
- Portuguese: from a
derivative of rezar ‘to pray’.
- Muslim (chiefly Iranian): from the Persian personal name Reza, from Arabic
rịdā’ ‘contentment’, ‘satisfaction’. Rịda’ ‛Ali ibn
Musa (765–817) was the eighth imam of the Shiites. Reza Shah Pahlavi
was the first Shah of the Pahlavi dynasty (1925–79) in
Iran. Reza is used to form names in combination with other
words, e.g. Reza ul-Karim (Rịdā’ al-Karīm)
‘satisfaction of The Most Generous’, i.e. Allah.
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