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Recorded as Rice, Ryce, Rhys, Reasce, Reece, Rees and Reese, this is regarded as a Welsh surname but is equally English. It originates from the pre 7th century Olde English personal name Ris or Rhys, meaning "ardour or sometimes "fiery warrior". The name first appears as "Hris" in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles for the county of Cambridgeshire, in the year 1052, and as Rees in the Domesday Book of Cheshire, dated 1086. It was also the name borne by the last ruler of an independent Kingdom of Wales, Rhys ap Tewder, who died in 1093, after unsuccessfully opposing the Norman advance. The surname was first recorded at the beginning of the 13th Century (see below), and other early recordings include: John Rees, who appeared in the 1288 Fine Court Rolls of Suffolk, and Walter Rys, who was recorded in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire, dated 1327...

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Patrick. From Monaghan. Born 1709

Chris Tucker

My g-grf was Henry Rice, b 1846 in Aghancon, County Offaly, (Kings). I think he attended the Charter School aged 10, came over to England to take up a Civil Service job, married Jane Carter in 1871 and had 3 daughters. I believe his father was John Rice but cannot go any further back.

Peter Dooley

Continuing to work on my family tree and would like to connect with any Rices in Limerick. My great grandparents Richard & Catherine Rice (formerly Torpey) born 1857 & 1858 lived in Curragower House in Limerick. Would love to connect & expand my family tree?

Kevin brunty

I can trace my rice line to John rice , married to Elizabeth Steele / McGowan , he lived in dromara in Ireland , his father was Frederick , they were flax workers


O'Maolcraoibhe clan My Great grandfather William Rice was born September 1853in Eglish Kings County parents Thomas Rice and Elizabeth Neil. I do know he joined British forces in Five valleys and then around 1880-85 moved to Manchester UK Looking for any family that may still live in this area as he did have siblings, Also any other family information Thanks DOMINIC Rice UK PS family rumour we are related to the Manchester Martyr Peter Rice


The farthest back I've been able to trace my Rice line is to John Rice (1822-1857), prob. born in North Carolina. He was married to Mary Ann Ferguson (1833-1902). They were the parents of Mary Jane Rice, Mary Elizabeth Rice, and my g-g-grandfather William Jasper Rice (1854-1907). I am trying to find out who John's ancestors were and where they came from.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 1 of 3) The Rice name has a long history in Wales, but now DNA and some recorded history says their origin is from the Emerald Island. The Rice story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup B2] can trace their origins to the Finn Valley in Donegal, Ireland from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The Rice surname origin is from Clan Domnaill [DNA Tribe R1b-L513, Subgroup B1] and relations who remain in Ireland take the modern surname (O’)Donnelly, McDonald and Donohue in Ireland.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 2 of 3) According to research, the Domnaill name is also found in Brittany, France. It is a very old name which appears in the 5th century Roman inscriptions as Dumnovellaunos in Brittany meaning “Deep Valour” equivalent to Irish Domhnaill. But how could this be? Recent discoveries from DNA testing are unlocking the migration patterns of Celtic tribes as late as 800 CE to 1200 CE. The Rice story begins in pre-history Ireland then moves to Wales where the family can be traced back to their Welsh tribe Cydifor Fawr. Many of his kin will then move to Brittany, France during the Dark Ages.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 3 of 3) Discover their newly found untold story and how forgotten texts bring their story back to life. From the ebook, “The Tribe Within” learn how DNA unfolds this amazing tale and if you look in the right places, how history narrates this evidence. There is another written account of their story, but it is camouflaged in smoke and myth – it will become the tales of King Arthur. Come follow in the footsteps of Deda Mac Sin and visit


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