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Origins Available: English, Scottish


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

Read Early Origins



The surname Read 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Read Spelling Variations


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Read Spelling Variations



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

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Read Early History


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Read Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Read research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1758, 1600, 1415, 1541, 1551, 1502, 1609, 1692, 1692, 1721 and are included under the topic Early Read History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Read Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Read Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Robert Reed (died 1415), Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, Bishop of Carlisle and Bishop of Chichester; Sir Richard Reade (1541-1551), Lord Chancellor of Ireland; Sir John Reid of Barruck; Bartholomew Rede was Lord Mayor of London in 1502; Sir John Read...

Another 85 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Read Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Read In Ireland


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Read In Ireland



Some of the Read 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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 Atlanti c. 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 Read family name Read, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Read Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Read who settled in Virginia in 1607
  • Anthony Read, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Anthony Read who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Ellianor Read, who landed in Virginia in 1629
  • George Read, aged 6, landed in New England in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Read Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ely Read who settled in Virginia in 1725
  • Anne Read who settled in Virginia in 1738
  • Delahay Read, who arrived in St Christopher in 1760
  • Mary Read who settled in Virginia in 1774
  • Andrew Read, who arrived in New York in 1784

Read Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hen Read, aged 30, landed in New York, NY in 1803

Read Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • James Read, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • David Read, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Moses Read U.E. born in Norwalk, Connecticut, USA who settled in Ontario, Canada c. 1784 married to Rebecca Pratt having 1 child, he died in 1802 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Major. William Read U.E. (b. 1748) born in Donagel, Ireland from Georgia, USA who settled in Manchester Township, Guysborough County, Nova Scotia c. 1784, then resettled in Hinchinbrook, Châteauguay Valley, Montreal in 1794, then moved to Elizabeth Town [Elizabethtown], Leeds County, Ontario in 1796, in 1801 he moved to Frankville [Elizabeth-Kitley], Leeds and Greenville where he remained married to Agnes (Nancy) Russell having 11 children, he died in 1828 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

Read Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Read, aged 38, an engineer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Charlotte Lungan" from Liverpool, England
  • Ephraim Read, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1864

Read Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • W.W. Read, a blacksmith, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • R. Read arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Porter" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PORTER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Porter.gif
  • George Read arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ORLEANA 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Orleana.htm
  • James Read arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Bedford" in 1848
  • Hannah Read arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Brightman" in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Read Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Read, aged 27, a smith, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • Caroline Read, aged 28, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • John Read, aged 35, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Prudence Read, aged 38, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Micaiah Read, aged 36, a wood turner, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Read (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Read (post 1700)



  • Lieutenant-General George Windle Jr. Read (1900-1974), American Commanding General 2nd Army (1957-1960)
  • Wendy Kilbourne Read (b. 1964), American former television actress and currently an attorney
  • George Read (1733-1798), American lawyer and politician from Delaware, signer of the Declaration of Independence
  • Richard Read (b. 1957), American Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist
  • Thomas Buchanan Read (1822-1872), American poet and portrait painter
  • Opie Read (1852-1939), American journalist and humorist
  • Leonard Read (1898-1983), American economist and the founder of the Foundation for Economic Education
  • Gardner Read (1913-2005), American composer and musical scholar
  • Daniel Read (1757-1836), American composer of the First New England School
  • Allen W. Read (1906-2002), American etymologist and lexicographer
  • ... (Another 17 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Read Historic Events


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Read Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Douglas Read (b. 1923), English Boy 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Portchester, Fareham, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Anthony V Read (b. 1923), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Southampton, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. James Frederick Read, British Stoker 2ne Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Joseph Read, aged 21, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Read


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Suggested Readings for the name Read



  • A Read Genealogy by Hugh S. Austin.
  • The Read Family History, 1740 to 1978 by Mildred Edgington.
  • The Reads, an American Saga by Dorothy Lutomski.

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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: Pax copia
Motto Translation: Peace, plenty.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PORTER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Porter.gif
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ORLEANA 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Orleana.htm

Other References

  1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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The Read Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Read 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.

This page was last modified on 29 October 2016 at 01:21.

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