Rhea family crestThe English surname Rhea is a topographic name for someone who lived on an island or patch of firm ground surrounded by fens, from the Middle English phrase atter ye meaning “at the island.” The name is first recorded in English records in 1296. The earliest record of the name in the New World is in 1810 when John Rhea arrived in Allegany county Pennsylvania. Today there are approximately 8,000 bearers of the name Rhea living in the US. 

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