Type Surname (from location & from occupation)
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. RIE  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

Topographic name. It could be a misdivision of the Middle English phrases atter ye meaning "at the island" or atter eye meaning "at the river". In some cases it merely indicated a person who lived where rye was grown or worked with rye (from Old English ryge).

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Entry updated December 14, 2019