Rees is the personal name during medieval times in Wales, which was usually associated along with nobility, and honour.
The name has been around for centuries, first being recorded in Carmarthenshire, which was one of the earliest recorded towns in Wales, during the occupation of the Romans, their motto was ‘The hope of a better age’.
In 1663, some of the first settlers with the Rees name were Henry Reece and Jane and Richard Reece.
Most of the settlers with the last name Reece/Rees/Rhys settled within New England, and throughout the years with trends and political occurrences, the name has gone through many changes.
Abraham Rees was born in 1734 in Montgomeryshire, and like many of the other Rees’ soon became highly educated and proud of his smarts, after becoming a tutor at the Hoxton Academy, he then ministered at the Unitarian Chapel for the majority of his life.
Thomas Rees who was born in 1777 was one of the original Rees’, who resided in Carmarthen (where the name was originally recorded).
Thomas Rees was educated at the Presbyterian college in Carmarthenshire and shortly after his education was completed, he joined the Unitarian ministry in 1807.
Thomas Rees was intensely interested in politics, as well as the history of anti-Trinitarian opinion.
His interests lead to several publications being available in his teachings; however his popularity as a minister and in his teachings and opinions began to decline and towards the end of his life he fled to Spain, where he died.