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Rex Family HistoryRecorded as Regis, Regus, Rex, Recks, Reekes, Reeks and others, this is an English surname, but one ultimately of Roman (Latin) origins, of which it has at least two. Either way it almost certainly derives from the Latin words rex or regis both meaning absolute monarch or leader, but it must be said that it is very unlikely that any British nameholder descends from a person of such stature. In most cases like the surname King it refers to an actor, one who played the part of a rex or regius in the travelling theatres of the medieval times from around the 11th century.
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