Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Rey

Rey is the Spanish word for “king” which is obviously the word that defines a male monarch. The Spanish formed the word “rey” from the Latin “rex” (which also means “king”) and is derivative of “regere” meaning “to keep straight, lead, rule”. All three linguistic forms of this “kingly” name are currently in circulation: Rey (Spanish), Rex (Latin) and King (English). Although we have yet to see the French (Roi) or German (König) forms of the word “king” given to little boys. The Spanish Rey is used mostly in the Philippines but also among Hispanic-Americans in the United States.

All About the Baby Name – Rey

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME REY

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME REY

Even though “Rey” has been the Spanish word for “king” for centuries, usage of the vocabulary word as a masculine given name is quite new to the United States. The name first appeared on the American charts in 1999 and has pretty much resided at the very bottom of the Top 1000 list of boy names. In other words, Rey is not a commonly used masculine name even among Hispanic-Americans. Obviously naming one’s son “King” is a bold step; one which others might consider pretentious or arrogant. Still, it’s understandable since all parents put their children high up on a pedestal. The Spanish female equivalent would be Reina (queen) which is a name also used from time to time. Hey, why not?

Quick Facts

ON REY

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

Spanish

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

1

RANKING POPULARITY:

914

PRONUNCIATION:

RAY

SIMPLE MEANING:

King

Characteristics

OF REY

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Creative

Optimistic

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Dramatic

Happy

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Rey

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME REY

Brother Juniper is a main character in Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1927 novel, The Bridge of San Luis Rey. Juniper is a Franciscan monk making his way toward the suspension bridge in Peru on a day in 1714, when the bridge suddenly collapses, sending five people plunging to their deaths. Juniper takes it upon himself to investigate the lives of all five in a doomed effort to demonstrate God’s omniscient plan for human souls. This six year project, resulting in a large book, is condemned by a Church council, and both Brother Juniper and his book are burned for heresy. But Juniper’s quest was larger than they allowed, and the ultimate truth he came upon was, as another character observes, that the connection among all souls is that of love.

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Rey

Popular Songs

ON REY

El Rey
a song by Luis Miguel

El Rey Del Mundo
a song by Rey Ruiz

El Rey De Oros
a song by Industria Del Amor

Yo Quisiera Ya Ser El Rey
a song by Kalimba Marichal

Joe Rey
a song by Fountains of Wayne

Famous People

NAMED REY

Rey Maualuga (football player)
Rey Mysterio (wrestler)
Rey Ordóñez (baseball player)
Rey Quiñones (baseball player)
Rey Sánchez (baseball player)

Children of Famous People

NAMED REY

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Rey

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME REY

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Rey