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in the U.S.
since 1880
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in the U.S.
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Rei

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  • A submission from Florida, United States says the name Rei means "Spirit or soul" and is of Japanese origin.
  • According to a user from South Africa, the name Rei is of African origin and means "Friend of God".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Rei
A portuguese money of account, in value about one tenth of a cent.

Etymology: Pg. real, pl. reis. See Real a coin


Incorrect back-formation of Portuguese plural reis. The correct singular is real.

  1. An old Portuguese money of account.

rei was also found in the following language(s): Asturian, Catalan, Chuukese, Dutch, Galician, Italian, Japanese, Kabuverdianu, Ladin, Latin, Lojban, Luxembourgish, Mirandese, Norwegian Bokmål, Old French, Old Portuguese, Old Provençal, Papiamentu, Portuguese, and Rapa Nui

Notable Persons Named Rei

Rei Kawakubo is a fashion designer. Rei was born on October 11th, 1942 in Tokyo, Japan.


Rei Ayanami is an animanga character.


Rei Hiroe is a comics creator.


Rei Sakuma is a voice acting and voice actress. Rei was born on January 5th, 1965 in Tokyo, Japan.


Rei Kikukawa is an actress and tv presenter. Rei was born on February 28th, 1978 in Urawa, Saitama.


Rei Harakami was an electronic music musician. Rei was born on December 10th, 1970. He passed away on July 27th, 2011.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Rei

Marina Rei is a dance-pop, soul music, and pop rock singing. Her ongoing career started in 1991. Marina was given the name Marina Restuccia on June 5th, 1969.


August Rei was an Estonian government-in-exile. His career lasted from 1945 to 1963. August was born on March 22nd, 1886 in Kurla, Pilistvere Parish, Kreis Fellin, Governorate of Livonia. He passed away on March 29th, 1963.


Codey was born on April 12th, 1987 in Patea.


How popular is the baby name Rei in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1974 5 5 0
1987 10 5 5
1988 7 7 0
1989 7 7 0
1990 7 7 0
1991 5 5 0
1992 5 0 5
1995 6 6 0
1997 7 0 7
1998 10 0 10
1999 18 9 9
2000 10 0 10
2001 15 7 8
2002 24 12 12
2003 30 14 16
2004 26 13 13
2005 21 13 8
2006 16 8 8
2007 29 15 14
2008 31 10 21
2009 22 9 13
2010 29 14 15
2011 35 21 14
2012 24 16 8
2013 17 11 6
2014 14 5 9
2015 34 13 21
2016 41 27 14
2017 62 40 22

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Popularity of Rei as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Rei U.S.
  White 80.21% 64.26%
  African American 4.28% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 9.36% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.41% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.74% 16.26%

Of Last Name Rei

People with the last name Rei are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Rei

  • How Popular is the name Rei? Rei is the 15,068th most popular name of all time. As a last name Rei was the 54,990th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Rei have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 567 babies born with the first name Rei in the United States. That's more than enough people named Rei to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Rei? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1974 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Rei first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Rei is Wednesday, January 9th, 1884.
  • What year had the most people named Rei born? The highest recorded use of the first name Rei was in 2017 with a total of 40 babies.
  • Random Rei Factoid: According to the 2008 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rei is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 9 babies in California have the same name as you in 2008.
  • Weird things about the name Rei: Your name in reverse order is Ier. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ier. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Rei? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 374 people with the last name Rei.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Rei? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Rei as their last name since less than 1 person in 769k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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