Readshore History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Readshore family

The surname Readshore was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire at Redshaw Gill in Blubberhouses, a township, in the parish of Fewston, Lower division of the wapentake of Claro. [1] A small village, the current population is less than 100, Redshaw Gill is now mostly parkland bordering on the river between the Fewston Reservoir and the Thruscross Reservoir. Slightly to the north lies Redshaw Hall, now a farmhouse.

One of the first records of the family was Nicholas de Redschaghe who held estates here in 1297. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1397 list John Redeshawe as also holding lands at that time. [2]

Literally, the name means "dweller at the Red Wood" from the Old English "réad, red + sc(e)aga," Middle English "shaw(e)," meaning "a wood." [3]

Early History of the Readshore family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Readshore research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1465, 1575, 1712 and 1746 are included under the topic Early Readshore History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Readshore Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Readshore include Redshaw, Redshawe, Readshaw, Readshawe, Ridshaw, Radshaw, Radshawe, Readshore and many more.

Early Notables of the Readshore family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Readshore family

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: settlers, who arrived along the eastern seaboard, from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands.



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print


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