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Where did the English Reed family come from? What is the English Reed family crest and coat of arms? When did the Reed family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Reed family history?The Reed surname is derived from the Old English word "read," meaning "red." It is most likely that the name was used as nickname for someone with red hair, before becoming their surname. In other instances, the Reed surname no doubt came from some of the places so named in Britain, such as Read, Lancashire, Rede, Suffolk, and Reed in Hertfordshire.
The name, Reed, occurred in many references, and from time to time, it was spelt Read, Reid, Reed, Reede, Redd, Reade and others.
First found in Northumberland where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reed research. Another 231 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1758, 1600, 1415, 1541, 1551, 1502, 1609, 1692, 1692 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Reed History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 251 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reed Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Reed family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 139 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The New World beckoned settlers from the Scottish-English borders. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Among the early settlers bearing the Reed surname who came to North America were:
Reed Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Reed Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Reed Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Pax copia
Motto Translation: Peace, plenty.
The Reed Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reed Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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