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Recorded in many spelling as shown below, this is a surname of Olde English and Welsh origins. It derives from the personal name "Rhys" meaning ardour, and its popularity is borne out by the number of surnames it has generated. The personal name is first recorded as Hris in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles of Cambridgeshire in 1052, as Rees in the Domesday Book of 1086, and as Res in the Pipe Rolls of Shropshire in 1198. The surname dates back to the early 13th Century (see below), and early recordings include John Rees in the tax registers known as the Feet of Fines for in this case, the county of Suffolk in 1288.

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