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Reading History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The ancestors of the bearers of the Reading family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in the village of Reading found in the county of Berkshire. The surname Reading is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. In this case the surname was originally derived from the Old English word rydding which simply refers to an area that has been cleared.


Early Origins of the Reading family


The surname Reading was first found in Sussex. Some of the earliest records of the surname were: Robert de Reading (died 1325), English historian and a monk of Westminster; and John of Reading (Latin: Johannes de Reading, Johannes Radingia) who died 1346. He was an English Franciscan theologian and scholastic philosopher and follower of Duns Scotus. He wrote a commentary on the Four Books of Sentences written by Peter Lombard around 1320, at the University of Oxford. In 1322, he accepted a teaching position at Avignon and it was there that he died.

Early History of the Reading family


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Reading Spelling Variations


Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Reading include Reading, Reding, Redding, Reddin and others.

Early Notables of the Reading family (pre 1700)


Distinguished members of the family include John Reading (1588-1667), English Calvinist and Biblical commentator; Sir James Reading; John Reading (c.1645-1692), English composer and organist, Choir master of Chichester Cathedral (1674-1677); and...
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Migration of the Reading family to the New World and Oceana


Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Reading or a variant listed above:

Reading Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Miles and Joseph Reading, who settled in Salem in 1630
  • John Reading, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Robert Reading, who arrived in Barbados in 1678
  • William Reading, who landed in Maryland in 1697-1698 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Reading Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Daniel Reading, who landed in New England in 1716 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • William Reading, who settled in Maryland in 1775

Reading Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Reading, who arrived in Mississippi in 1882 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Reading Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Bartholomew Reading, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Hyde" in 1850 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM HYDE 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850WilliamHyde.gif
  • James Reading, aged 42, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Navarino" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Friday 22nd February 1856. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Navarino 1856. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/navarino1856.shtml.
  • Horatio Reading, aged 14, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Navarino" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Friday 22nd February 1856. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Navarino 1856. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/navarino1856.shtml.
  • James Reading, aged 15, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Navarino" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Friday 22nd February 1856. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Navarino 1856. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/navarino1856.shtml.

Reading Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Brown Reading, aged 26, a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • George Reading, aged 2, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • Ellen Reading, aged 8 months, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • Thomas Reading, aged 42, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Schiehallion" in 1872
  • Thomas Reading, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Reading (post 1700)


  • John Roberts Reading (1826-1886), American Democratic politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania (1869-1870)
  • Pierson B. Reading (1816-1868), American pioneer to California as a member of the Chiles-Walker party in 1843 where he received 26,632 acres, eponym of Reading California
  • Bertice Reading (1933-1991), American singer and actress
  • John H Reading (1917-2003), American Mayor of Oakland, California from 1966 to 1977
  • R. G. Reading, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 22nd District, 1853-54 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Pierson B. Reading, American politician, Candidate for Governor of California, 1851 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Joseph Reading, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Rockville, Maryland, 1896-98; Postmaster at Rockville, Maryland, 1916-21 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • John Roberts Reading (1826-1886), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 5th District, 1869-70 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • John H. Reading (1917-2003), American Republican politician, Mayor of Oakland, California, 1966-77 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Charles N. Reading, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1900 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Reading family



HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. E Reading, British Leading Cook, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html

The Reading 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: Dieu defende la droit
Motto Translation: God defends the right.


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Citations


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM HYDE 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850WilliamHyde.gif
  3. ^ South Australian Register Friday 22nd February 1856. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Navarino 1856. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/navarino1856.shtml.
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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