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What does Rey mean?

Rey \rey\ as a boys' name is pronounced ray. It is of Spanish origin, and the meaning of Rey is "kings". Hispanic version of Rex or Leroy.


Rey has 2 variants: Reyes and Reyni.

For more on this name, see also the related boy name Roy.

Rey has 6 more related forms via Leroy: Elroi, Elroy, Lee, Leeroy, Leroi and Roy.


Rey is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#1168 out of 1220, Top 96%) and an even more prominent last name for both adults and children (#4744 out of 88799, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Presented below is the baby name popularity of Rey for boys. Rey was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its apex position of #854 in the U.S. in the year 2006, and is at #884 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Rey name in U.S.

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

Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of the boy name Rey and affiliated names. Popular varying forms of Rey (#884 a year ago) appearing in the Top 1000 are Roy (#532 a year ago), Rex (#663), Lee (#701), Reyes, Leroy, Leeroy and Elroy. This boy name was at the apex of its popularity during 1930-1939 and is now significantly less popular, with versions such as Lee, Reyes, Leroy, Elroy and Roy becoming somewhat dated. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Elroy, Lee, Leeroy, Leroy, Rex, Rey, Reyes, Roy in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Rey is pronounced similarly to Rae, Rai, Ray, Raye, Rei, Reo, Rio, Roe, Roi, Row, Ruy, Rye and Ryu. Other recommended similar baby names are Key, Reg, Remy, Ren and Reyd. These names tend to be less frequently used than Rey.