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Definitely only used for boys. Not much given nowadays.
luxsword  4/28/2014
I just adore this name on a girl! It's unusual.
KittyKat78  12/20/2011
I read a novel recently where the heroine's name was Regis. I never heard that name for a girl before.
― Anonymous User  5/8/2011
Unfortunately, this name is heavily associated with Regis Philbin. And it is a rather ugly name and sounds kind of trashy.
bananarama  11/15/2008
This is a name for adults who can use it to their advantage. It can be a real burden for a child. I know first hand. At least now most Americans can pronounce it thanks to Regis Philbin.

Many American Catholic children of Irish descent were given the name because Jesuit high schools or other Catholic institutions in the neighborhood or city were named St. Regis. These people all thought it was a "good Irish name." Even today that is the belief of well-educated Irish Americans. Imagine when I learned at age 31 from a visiting Irishman that he never heard of the name.

I have been to France and seen it used. A famous French theorist of revolution is Regis DuBray. I have been to Ireland and never seen it.
regis18  1/17/2008
Regis Philbin is host of "Live with Regis and Kelly" and former host of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"
― Anonymous User  8/27/2006
Nice name, but sad.
c gurl  11/13/2005
Probably connected to the Latin word rex, regis meaning "king".
― Anonymous User  5/30/2005

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