Reardon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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."

Early Origins of the Reardon family

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.

Important Dates for the Reardon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reardon research. Another 91 words (6 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Reardon family (pre 1700)

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Reardon migration to the United States

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 [1]
  • Jeremiah Reardon, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766 [1]
  • John Reardon, aged 30, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1776 [1]
Reardon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Morrice Reardon, aged 49, who arrived in Maryland in 1812 [1]
  • Anne, David, Denis, Edward, James, Michael, Patrick, Thomas, and William Reardon, who all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
  • Timothy Reardon, who landed in Colorado in 1879 [1]

Reardon migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Reardon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Ann Reardon, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1837
  • Miss. Ellen Reardon, aged 16 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Jessie" departing 3rd June 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 24th July 1847 but she died on board [2]
  • Miss. Judith Reardon, aged 7 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Ninian" departing 13th April 1847 from Limerick, Ireland; the ship arrived on 12th June 1847 but she died on board [2]
  • Mrs. Reardon, aged 22 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Saguenay" departing 5th June 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 22nd August 1847 but she died on board [2]

Reardon migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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 [3]
  • Patrick Reardon, a weaver, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Patrick Reardon, aged 21, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Prince Regent" [4]
  • Patrick Reardon, aged 21, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1851 [4]
  • Margaret Reardon, aged 19, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1851 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Reardon migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Reardon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Michael Reardon, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Johanna Reardon, aged 21, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Margaret Reardon, aged 1, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • John Reardon, aged 1 month, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • William Reardon, who 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.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Reardon (post 1700)

  • John Reardon (1930-1988), American baritone and actor
  • Phil Reardon (1883-1920), American professional baseball player
  • Jeffrey James Reardon (b. 1955), American former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • Bill Reardon (b. 1941), American politician and educator
  • Dennis Reardon, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hudson County, 1872-73 [5]
  • Daniel V. Reardon, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Herkimer County, 1938 [5]
  • Cornelius F. Reardon, American politician, U.S. Collector of Customs, 1951 [5]
  • Christopher J. Reardon, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1928 [5]
  • Bill Reardon, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1984 [5]
  • Aaron Reardon, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 2008 [5]
  • ... (Another 38 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Reardon family

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Daniel Reardon, British Greaser from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [6]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. George Reardon, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [7]

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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. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 93)
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851PrinceRegent.htm
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  7. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
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