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Subject: Re: Rare name, would like to know meaning
Author: Cleveland Kent Evans   (Authenticated as clevelandkentevans)
Date: October 22, 2006 at 8:03:03 PM
Reply to: Re: Rare name, would like to know meaning by Puzzled
It's still not clear to me from how you wrote that how you are pronouncing it. Is it le-RAY or le-REE-uh?

There is a French surname Lerey which is a Norman French variation of LeRoy, which means "the king." I did find one reference to a James LeRhea who was an immigrant to Quebec, Canada, from the island of Jersey, which is just off the coast of France though it belongs to the United Kingdom. I would guess that as a surname LeRhea is an alternate spelling of Lerey that developed in North America.

However, as a given name it seems to me to be just as likely to be a modern invention putting Le- in front of the name Rhea. Such creations have occurred since the middle of the 19th century.

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