This surname of REGIS is an occupational name for a local dignitary, a derivative of the Old French word REGIR (to rule, manage), and rendered in medieval documents in the Latin form REGERE. The name was also occasionally applied to someone who was employed in the royal household. Many of the modern family names throughout Europe reflect the profession or occupation of their forbears in the Middle Ages and derive from the position held by their ancestors in the village, noble household or religious community in which they lived and worked. The addition of their profession to their birth name made it easier to identify individual tradesmen and craftsmen. As generations passed and families moved around, so the original identifying names developed into the corrupted but simpler versions that we recognise today. Other spellings of the name include 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. The lion depicted in the arms is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour.
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