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Where did the Scottish Reidhead family come from? What is the Scottish Reidhead family crest and coat of arms? When did the Reidhead family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Reidhead family history?

The origins of the Reidhead surname are uncertain. In some instances, it was no doubt derived from the Old English word "read," meaning "red," and was a nickname that came to be a surname. Either way, we may conclude that it meant "red-haired" or "ruddy complexioned." To confuse matters more, there are also instances where the surname Reidhead is thought to be derived from one of various place names, such as Read in Lancashire, and Rede in Suffolk.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Ried, Reid, Read, Reed and others.

First found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland where the name has been found since the 14th century. Ancient charters show the name as Rufus (Latinized,) records include an Ada Rufus who witnessed resignation of the lands of Ingilbristoun in 1204; and a William Rufus, who was a juror on an inquest on the lands of Padevinan in 1259. For the purposes of Clan identification, the family name Reidhead is officially a sept of the Clan Robertson and as such is entitled to the Clan Badge and Crest of the Robertsons.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reidhead research. Another 717 words(51 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1296, 1335, 1362, 1364, 1375, 1494, 1376, 1558, 1543, 1357, 1439, 1639, 1625, 1618, 1721 and 1806 are included under the topic Early Reidhead History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 149 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reidhead Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Reidhead family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 79 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Readhead, aged 23, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1892; Albert Readhead, aged 46, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1922; and Albt. Readhead, aged 47, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1922.

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  • Paris Reidhead (1919-1992), American Christian missionary, teacher, writer, and advocate of economic development in impoverished nations


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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: Fortitudine et labore
Motto Translation: By fortitute and exertion.

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The Reidhead Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reidhead 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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