The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. This Portugese and Italian surname of REGGIO was of two-fold origin. It was a topographic name for someone who lived by a ditch or channel used for irrigation or drainage. The name also meant 'one who came from REGGIO' a place in Italy. Portugese surnames share many of the features of Spanish surnames, in particular Arabic and Visigothic influence. A notable feature of Portugese surnames is the class of religious names referring to festivals of the church or attributes of the Virgin Mary. One respect in which Portugese names differ from those of the rest of the Iberian peninsular, is that some were adopted at a comparatively late date and honour saints who did not give rise to surnames in other languages. Portugese names typically have the ending 'eiro'. Other spellings of the name include REGIS, REGAS, REGISSIER, REGISSER and REGISS. Minor notables of the name include William Thomas REGAS, who was born on the 29th October, 1929. He is an attorney, and was admitted to the Federal District Court Bar in 1957, and to the US Supreme Court Bar in 1960. He is a member of the American, Illinois and Hellenic Bar Associations. Sister Mary REGIS, born on the 17th July, 1908 joined the California Institute of Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1931. She was a teacher of history at the Immaculate Heart High School, Los Angeles (1933-39); Librarian at the Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles, and has been the author of articles in professional journals and editor of the Catholic Bookman's Guide. French, or rather Norman French, was the language of the aristocracy and the upper classes in England at the time fixed surnames were being developed, it is therefore not surprising that many of our well-known family names are derived from French words. Originally only Christian or personal names were used, and although a few came into being during the 10th century, surnames were not widely used until much later, when people began to realize the prestige of having a second name.
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