Reid History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Reid 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 Reid surname no doubt came from some of the places so named in Britain, such as Read, Lancashire, Rede, Suffolk, and Reed in Hertfordshire.

Early Origins of the Reid family

The surname Reid was first found in Northumberland where they held a family seat from early times. One branch was found at Troughend-Ward. "The present house was built in the last century (c. 1700) by EIrington Reed, Esq., who also greatly improved the place by planting, and whose ancestors were settled in the township at a remote date. " [1]

Another branch of the family was found at Weston in Suffolk. " Weston Hall, the ancient seat of the family of Rede, a handsome mansion in the Elizabethan style, was partly taken down within a few years, and the remainder converted into a farmhouse." [1]

Important Dates for the Reid family

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Reid Spelling Variations

Although the name, Reid, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Read, Reid, Reed, Reede, Redd, Reade and others.

Early Notables of the Reid family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was William Rede or Reade (died 1385), Bishop of Chichester, a native of the diocese of Exeter; Robert Reed (died 1415), Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, Bishop of Carlisle and Bishop of Chichester; Sir John Reid of Barruck; Bartholomew Rede, Lord Mayor of London in 1502; Sir Richard Rede (1511-1579), English Master of Requests, came of a family settled at Nether Wallop in Hampshire; Sir John Read, of Wrangle was Sheriff of the County of Lincoln in 1609. Wilmot Redd (Read, Reed) (died September 22, 1692), was one of the victims of the...
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Migration of the Reid family to Ireland

Some of the Reid family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Reid migration to the United States

Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Reid family name Reid, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Reid Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Gabriell Reid, aged 18, who arrived in America in 1635 [2]
  • Elizabeth Reid, who settled in Maryland in 1674
  • Elizabeth Reid, who landed in Maryland in 1674 [2]
  • Abraham Reid, who arrived in Maryland in 1678 [2]
  • George Reid, who settled in East New Jersey in 1684
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Reid Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christian James Reid, who arrived in Georgia in 1738
  • John Reid, his wife and son, who settled in New York in 1739
  • Duncan Reid, who arrived in New York in 1739 [2]
  • Henry Reid, who landed in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1751 [2]
  • Charles Reid, who was on record in Pensacola, FL in 1768
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Reid Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Reid, who landed in America in 1811 [2]
  • Isaiah Reid, aged 52, who landed in South Carolina in 1812 [2]
  • George Reid, aged 30, who arrived in Georgia in 1812 [2]
  • Adam Reid, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1816 [2]
  • Forest Reid, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817 [2]
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Reid migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Reid Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Daniel Reid, who arrived in Montreal in 1770
  • Mr. James Reid U.E. who settled in Sissiboo [Digby], Dibgy County, Nova Scotia c. 1784 he served in the Loyalist Regiment [3]
  • Mr. William Reid U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [3]
Reid Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Reid, aged 25, a farmer, who arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia aboard the ship "Commerce" in 1803
  • Eliza Reid, aged 23, who arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia aboard the ship "Commerce" in 1803
  • Alexander Reid, aged 3 1/4, who arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia aboard the ship "Commerce" in 1803
  • Ann Reid, aged 1 1/4, who arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia aboard the ship "Commerce" in 1803
  • Alexander Reid, who arrived in Canada in 1828
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Reid migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Reid Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Jane Reid, British convict from Britain, who was transported aboard the "Alexander" on November 4, 1815, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Alexander Reid, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • James Reid, a joiner, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • John Reid, a joiner, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • James Reid, who arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838 [6]
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Reid migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Reid Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Adam Reid, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • David Reid, aged 39, a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • Thomas Reid, aged 23, a painter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • Mary Ann Reid, aged 20, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • Mr. Reid, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" arriving in Port Nicholson, (Wellington Harbour), New Zealand on 20th February 1840 [7]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Reid (post 1700)

  • Prime Minister Sir George Houstoun Reid (1845-1918), Australian politician and statesman, Prime Minister for ten months in 1904/1905
  • Ogden Rogers Reid (1925-2019), American politician and diplomat, U.S. Ambassador to Israel (1959-1961)
  • Andy Reid (b. 1958), American NFL football coach, Philadelphia Eagles head coach (1999-)
  • Antonio Reid (b. 1956), American songwriter, producer, and record company executive
  • David Reid (b. 1973), American boxer
  • George William Reid (1819-1887), English keeper of the department of prints and drawings at the British Museum
  • Beryl Reid (b. 1920), English comedienne
  • Prof. Stuart William John Reid C.B.E.,, British Principal for the Royal Veterinary College, was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to the Veterinary Profession and to Higher Education [8]
  • Ms. Gretta Reid B.E.M.,, British recipient of Medallist of the British Empire Medal 29th December 2018 for voluntary service to First Aid and to the community in Cookstown, County Tyrone [8]
  • Ms. Keri Reid M.B.E., (b. 1973), British Principal Teacher and International Schools Co-ordinator for Muthill Primary School for Perth and Kinross, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Education [8]
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Historic Events for the Reid family

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. H. Reid, British Fireman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [9]
  • Mr. James Reid, British Fireman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [9]
  • Mr. James Reid, British Trimmer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [9]
  • Mr. Charles Reid, English Third Class Passenger from Leicester, England, United Kingdom who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [9]
Halifax Explosion
  • Master Samuel Raymond  Reid (1915-1917), Canadian resident from Protestant Orphanage, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [10]
  • Miss Florence  Reid (1906-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [10]
  • Miss Mary Florence  Reid (1906-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [10]
HMAS Sydney II
HMS Cornwall
  • David Saville Reid (d. 1942), British Lieutenant with the Royal Marines aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [12]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Neville Reid, British Lieutenant Commander, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [13]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Thomas Reid, British Chief Petty Officer Telegraphist, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking, also sailed aboard the HMS Anking and was lost when it sunk 1942 [14]
  • Mr. James K Reid, British Engine Room Artificer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [14]
  • Mr. John G Reid, British sailor, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [14]
HMS Royal Oak
  • David Reid (d. 1939), British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [15]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. James Reid, English Seaman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [16]
  • Mr. Alfred Reid, English Third Waiter from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [16]
  • Mrs. Ellen Reid, English 3rd Class passenger residing in New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered [17]
  • Mr. Peter Reid, American 2nd Class passenger from Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [17]
  • Mr. John H. Reid, English 3rd Class passenger returning from Trenton, New Jersey, USA going to work in the Woolwich Arsenal, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [17]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Everett O. Reid, American Machinist's Mate First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [18]

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Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Alexander voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1815 with 12 passengers. Retrieved from Alexander voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1815 with 12 passengers
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PestonjeeBomanjee.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  9. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  10. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  11. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  12. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listcornwallcrew.html#A
  13. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  14. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  15. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  16. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  17. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  18. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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