Last name origins & meanings:
- Scottish: nickname for a person with red hair, from Gaelic
- English (of Norman origin): variant of
Ray 1, cognate of 3.
- French: from Old French rey,
roy ‘king’ (from Latin rex, genitive regis), a
nickname for someone who lived in a regal fashion or who had earned
the title in some contest of skill or by presiding over festivities.
- Indian (Bengal) and Bangladeshi: variant of Rai.
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