Meaning and name origin
Regis \r(e)-gis\ as a boy's name is pronounced REE-jis. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Regis is "kingly". French surname used as given name. There are Catholic schools called "Regis" (the king here refers to Jesus). Familiar today due to TV morning show host Regis Philbin of "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee".
Regis is not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#10312 out of 88799, Top 12%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Regis for boys. Regis reached its highest rank of #667 in the U.S. in 1930-1939. (2014 statistics).