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What does Rei mean?

Rei Pronunciation of Rei [rei] as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Rei) is pronounced RAY-ee. It is of Japanese origin, and the meaning of Rei is "law, rule; strive". Reizo (ray-ee-ZOH) means "cool, calm; well-groomed".

Associated with: law (just), rule (king), calm (peace).


Rei has 1 variant: Reizo.

Creative forms:
(male) Reer, Veri, ..

(female) Rear, Reio, ..

Middle name pairings:
Rei Hagen (R.H.), ..

How popular is Rei?

Rei is an uncommon first name for men but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#54522 out of 150436, Top 36%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Rei has yet to be ranked in the Top 2000 so far. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rei name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Rei outside U.S.

Similar Names

Rei is pronounced similarly to Rae, Rai, Ray, Raye, Reigh, Reo, Rey, Rio, Roe, Roi, Row, Rowe, Roy, Ruy, Rye, Ryu and Ryuu. Other suggested similar names are Reg, Reid, Reis, Remi, Ren and Rex. These names tend to be more commonly used than Rei.

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