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Rhead History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English , Scottish


The origins of the Rhead 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 Rhead is thought to be derived from one of various place names, such as Read in Lancashire, and Rede in Suffolk.


Early Origins of the Rhead family


The surname Rhead was 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 Rhead is officially a sept of the Clan Robertson and as such is entitled to the Clan Badge and Crest of the Robertsons.

Early History of the Rhead family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rhead research.
Another 359 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1296, 1335, 1362, 1364, 1375, 1494, 1376, 1558, 1543, 1357, 1439, 1639, 1558, 1624, 1586, 1641, 1625, 1618, 1721 and 1806 are included under the topic Early Rhead History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rhead Spelling Variations


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

Early Notables of the Rhead family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Robert Reid (died 1558), Scottish abbot of Kinloss and bishop of Orkney, son of John Reid of Aikenhead, who was killed at Flodden; Thomas Redi, Read or Rhaedus (died 1624), Latin secretary to King James I, second son of James Reid, minister of Banchory Ternan, Kincardineshire; Alexander Rhead or Reid (1586-1641), a Scottish anatomist and surgeon, whose surname is variously spelt Reid, Read, Reade, Rhead, or Rhaedus, the third son of James Reid...
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Migration of the Rhead family to Ireland


Some of the Rhead family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Rhead family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rhead Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mrs. Rhead, aged 24, who arrived in America from England, in 1903
  • Mr. William Bertrand Rhead, aged 27, who arrived in America from Newcastle, in 1904
  • Clara Rhead, aged 26, who arrived in America from Harley, England, in 1904
  • George Rhead, aged 50, who arrived in America, in 1906
  • Harry George Rhead, aged 26, who arrived in America from Newcastle, Staffordshire, England, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Rhead (post 1700)


  • Louis John Rhead (1857-1926), English-born American poster artist, illustrator, author and angler
  • Frederick Hurten Rhead (1880-1942), English potter, son of Frederick Alfred Rhead, founder of Rhead Pottery (1913-1917)
  • Frederick Alfred Rhead (1856-1933), English potter working in North Staffordshire, father of Charlotte Rhead
  • Charlotte Rhead (1885-1947), English ceramics designer
  • Matthew James "Matt" Rhead (b. 1984), English professional footballer for Mansfield Town

The Rhead Motto


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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