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The name Reardon has changed considerably in the time that has passed since its genesis. It originally appeared in Gaelic as O Riordain. The original form of the surname was O Rioghbhardain, which was originally derived from the words "riogh bhard," meaning "royal bard."

Reardon Early Origins



The surname Reardon was first found in County Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster.

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Reardon Spelling Variations


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Reardon Spelling Variations



Because early scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded, a person could have many various spellings of his name.Many different spelling variations of the surname Reardon were found in the archives researched. These included O'Riordan, Riordan, O'Rearden, Rearden and others.

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Reardon Early History


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Reardon Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reardon research. Another 225 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1750 are included under the topic Early Reardon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Reardon Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Reardon Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Reardon 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



Ireland saw an enormous decrease in its population in the 19th century due to immigration and death. This pattern of immigration began slowly in the late 18th century and gradually grew throughout the early portion of the 19th century. However, a dramatic increase in the country's immigration numbers occurred when the Great Potato Famine struck in the 1840s. The early immigrants to North America were primarily destined to be farmers tending to their own plot of land, those that came later initially settled within pre-established urban centers. These urban immigrants provided the cheap labor that the fast developing United States and soon to be Canada required. Regardless of their new lifestyle in North America, the Irish immigrants to the United States and Canada made invaluable contributions to their newly adopted societies. An investigation of immigrant and passenger lists revealed many Reardons:

Reardon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Daniel Reardon, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745
  • Jeremiah Reardon, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766
  • John Reardon, aged 30, landed in Pennsylvania in 1776

Reardon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Morrice Reardon, aged 49, arrived in Maryland in 1812
  • Anne, David, Denis, Edward, James, Michael, Patrick, Thomas, and William Reardon, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
  • Timothy Reardon, who landed in Colorado in 1879

Reardon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Ann Reardon, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1837

Reardon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Denis Reardon, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  • Patrick Reardon, a weaver, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Patrick Reardon, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Prince Regent"
  • Patrick Reardon, aged 21, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1851
  • Margaret Reardon, aged 19, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Reardon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Michael Reardon, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Johanna Reardon, aged 21, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Margaret Reardon, aged 1, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • John Reardon, aged 1 month, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • William Reardon arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Reardon (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Reardon (post 1700)



  • Mara Candelaria Reardon, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 2008
  • John Reardon (1930-1988), American baritone and actor
  • Phil Reardon (1883-1920), American professional baseball player
  • James E. Reardon, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 1964
  • Joe Reardon, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 2008
  • John Reardon, American politician, Postmaster at Bel Air, Maryland, 1794-1819
  • John B. Reardon, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Vermont 2nd District, 1914, 1918
  • John E. Reardon, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Little Rock, Arkansas, 1855-57
  • John E. Reardon (1943-1988), American politician, Mayor of Kansas City, Kansas, 1975-87
  • John H. Reardon, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts, 1915, 1916
  • ... (Another 38 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Reardon Historic Events


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Reardon Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Daniel Reardon, British Greaser from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. George Reardon, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse 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: Pro Deo et patria
Motto Translation: For God and country.


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Reardon Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820

Other References

  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  3. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  5. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  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. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  11. ...

The Reardon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reardon 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 13 September 2016 at 18:47.

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