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  • Aaron ap Rhys (c.1190 - d.)
    See Darrell Wolcott, "The Pedigree of Cynddelw Gam," for untangling and clarification of these lines. (January 17, 2016, Anne Brannen, curator) Please see Darrell Wolcott: The Royal Family of Gwynedd...
  • Adam ap Rhys, of Porthgogof (1292 - d.)
    See Peter Bartrum, (March 15, 2019; Anne Brannen, curator)
  • Adam ap Rhys Llwyd (deceased)
    See Peter Bartrum, (April 2, 2019; Anne Brannen, curator)
  • Ales verch Rhys (c.1450 - d.)
    See Darrell Wolcott, "The Pedigree of Cynddelw Gam," for untangling and clarification of these lines. (March 23, 2016, Anne Brannen, curator) Please see Darrell Wolcott: Pedigree of Cynddelw Gam of Y...
  • Alice verch Rhys (deceased)
    See Peter Bartrum, (January 10, 2017; Anne Brannen, curator)

About the Rhys surname

origin

This surname is of Old Welsh origin, and derives from the Old Welsh personal name "Ris", Welsh "Rhys" meaning ardour. The popularity of the name is borne out by the number of surnames it has generated. The personal name appears as "Hris" (1052) in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle of Cambridgeshire, as "Rees" (1086) in the Domesday Book, and as "Res" (1198) in the Pipe Rolls of Shropshire. The surname dates back to the early 13th Century (see below), and early recordings include John Rees (1288) in the Feet of Fines, Suffolk. Variations in the spelling of the surname range from Reace, Reece, Rees, and Reese to Rhys, Rice, Rase, Raise, and Rays. London Church Records list the christening of Franncis, son of Richard Race, on September 29th 1580 at St. Botolph's, Bishopsgate, and the marriage of Willim Race to Elizabeth Coverley on November 10th 1607 at St. Dunstan's, Stepney. One James Race, aged 17 yrs., a famine emigrant, sailed from Liverpool aboard the "Broom", bound for New York, on June 1st 1846. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Res, which was dated 1203, in the Curia Regis Rolls of Lincolnshire", during the reign of King John, known as "Lackland", 1199 - 1216.

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