The ancient name of Readers finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from a name for 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.
Early Origins of the Readers family
The surname Readers 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.
Early History of the Readers family
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Readers Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Readers family name include Reeder, Reder, Reader, Readers and others.
Early Notables of the Readers family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Readers family to Ireland
Some of the Readers 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.
Migration of the Readers family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Readers surname or a spelling variation of the name include : David Reeder, who came to Salem Massachusetts in 1630; John Reader, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1647; Jacob Reeder, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1742.