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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Spanish : topographic name for someone who lived by a pool formed by a stream.
  • southern French (Occitan) : nickname from the old Béarn dialect term régal ‘royal’. Compare Ray 1.
  • Southern French (Occitan) : topographic name for someone who lived near a stream, from a derivative of rega (masculine form rec) ‘stream’, ‘torrent’.

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