Reis Family History
Reis Name Meaning
German: from Middle High German rīs ‘undergrowth brushwood’; a topographic name for someone who lived in an overgrown area or a habitational name from Reis or Reissen in Bavaria. German: occupational name for a cobbler Middle High German riuze. Compare Reuss . German: from a short form of the personal name Zacharias . Altered form of German Ries . Portuguese and Galician: from a short form of dos Reis ‘(of) the (Three) Kings’ (see Dos Reis ). Compare Reys . Welsh: variant of Rice .7: Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for a dealer in rice or an artificial name from German Reis ‘rice’.8: Jewish (Ashkenazic): artificial name from German Reis ‘twig branch’.9: Turkish: ornamental name or nickname from reis ‘head chief’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press