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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.

Reading Early Origins



The surname Reading was first found in Sussex. One of the earliest records of the surname was 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.

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Reading Spelling Variations


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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.

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Reading Early History


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Reading Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reading research. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1588, 1667, 1645, 1692, 1674, 1677, 1686, 1767, 1747, 1748, 1757 and 1758 are included under the topic Early Reading History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Reading Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Reading Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reading Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 came to Salem in 1630
  • John Reading, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • Robert Reading, who arrived in Barbados in 1678
  • William Reading, who landed in Maryland in 1697-1698

Reading Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Daniel Reading, who landed in New England in 1716
  • 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

Reading Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Bartholomew Reading arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Hyde" in 1850
  • James Reading, aged 42, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Navarino"
  • Horatio Reading, aged 14, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Navarino"
  • James Reading, aged 15, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Navarino"

Reading Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Brown Reading, aged 26, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • George Reading, aged 2, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • Ellen Reading, aged 8 months, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • Thomas Reading, aged 42, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Schiehallion" in 1872
  • Thomas Reading, aged 25, a labourer, 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.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Reading (post 1700)


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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
  • R. G. Reading, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 22nd District, 1853-54
  • Pierson B. Reading, American politician, Candidate for Governor of California, 1851
  • Joseph Reading, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Rockville, Maryland, 1896-98; Postmaster at Rockville, Maryland, 1916-21
  • John Roberts Reading (1826-1886), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 5th District, 1869-70
  • John H. Reading (1917-2003), American Republican politician, Mayor of Oakland, California, 1966-77
  • Charles N. Reading, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1900
  • Carlos A. Reading, American Republican politician, Candidate for Mayor of Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1929
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Reading Historic Events


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Reading Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. E Reading, British Leading Cook, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Motto


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


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. 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. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

    The Reading Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reading 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 17 November 2015 at 11:10.

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