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The name Reader finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxons of England. It was given to one who worked as a thatcher or one who thatches with reed. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries.

Reader Early Origins



The surname Reader was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from early times, and the name is derived from the trade of reeder or thatcher, a trade in southern England of a person who made thatches for cottages.

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Reader Spelling Variations


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Reader Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Reader has been recorded under many different variations, including Reeder, Reder, Reader, Readers and others.

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Reader Early History


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Reader Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reader research. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1170 and 1357 are included under the topic Early Reader History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Reader Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Reader Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Reader Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Reader In Ireland


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Reader In Ireland



Some of the Reader family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words (4 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



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Reader or a variant listed above:

Reader Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Reader, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1647
  • Thomas Reader, who landed in Maryland in 1665
  • Francis Reader, who landed in Maryland in 1673
  • Martha Reader, aged 19, landed in Maryland in 1683

Reader Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Reader, who landed in America in 1804
  • Edwin Reader, who arrived in America in 1804
  • Samuel Lee Reader, aged 23, arrived in Louisiana in 1813
  • John Reader, who arrived in New York in 1831
  • John, Joseph, and Thomas Reader and his wife Elizabeth, who all arrived in Philadelphia in 1820 and 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Reader Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Reader, who settled in Bona Vista, Newfoundland in 1797 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Reader Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Frederick Reader, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  • James Reader, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"

Reader Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Rachel Reader, aged 43, a domestic servant, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1874
  • Emma Reader, aged 10, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Reader (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Reader (post 1700)



  • Willard Stanton Reader (b. 1871), American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Beaver County 2nd District; Elected 1924, 1926
  • Peter L. Reader (b. 1913), American politician, Delegate to Alaska State Constitutional Convention, 1955-56
  • Melva P. Reader, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1964
  • Louis M. Reader, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Dobbs Ferry, New York, 1955
  • George W. Reader, American politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 51st District, 1936
  • George H. Reader (b. 1853), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Mason County, 1887-88
  • Frank S. Reader, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1884
  • Frank E. Reader, American Republican politician, Common Pleas Court Judge in Pennsylvania 36th District, 1921-29
  • George Reader, American Physician of New York City
  • W H Ralph Reader (1903-1982), English officer who was awarded CBE (1959) and MBE (Military Division) for service in RAF Intelligence
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823

Other References

  1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. 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).
  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Reader Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reader 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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