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Rey (boy)

What does Rey mean?

Rey Pronunciation of Rey [rey] as a boys' name (also used less regularly as girls' name Rey) is pronounced ray. It is of Spanish origin, and the meaning of Rey is "kings". Hispanic version of Rex or Leroy.

Associated with: kings.


Rey has 2 variants: Reyes and Reyni.

Affiliated boy name: Roy.

2 more related forms via Leroy: Lee and Roy.

Creative forms:
(male) Riy, Ruey, ..

(female) Rah, Reio, ..

Middle name pairings:
Rey Christian (R.C.), ..

How popular is Rey?

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 (#4450 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Rey was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its apex position of #854 in the U.S. in the year 2006, and is at #903 presently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular varying forms of Rey (#903 a year ago) appearing in the Top 2000 are Roy (#536 a year ago), Lee (#679), Rex (#682), Leroy (#997) and Reyes. These forms of Rey were at the apex of their popularity during 1900-1909 (median #641) and are now significantly less common (#966, down 94%), with versions such as Roy becoming somewhat dated. Rey is the most fashionable name for newborns among these.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rey, Lee, Leroy, Rex, 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, Reigh, Reo, Rio, Roe, Roi, Row, Rowe, Ruy, Rye, Ryu, Ryuu and Wray. Other recommended names are Key, Reg, Remy, Ren and Reyd. These names tend to be less frequently used than Rey.