Red History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Red surname is derived from the Old English word "read," meaning "red." It is most likely that the name was used as nickname for someone with red hair, before becoming their surname. In other instances, the Red surname no doubt came from some of the places so named in Britain, such as Read, Lancashire, Rede, Suffolk, and Reed in Hertfordshire.

Early Origins of the Red family

The surname Red was first found in Northumberland where they held a family seat from early times. One branch was found at Troughend-Ward. "The present house was built in the last century (c. 1700) by EIrington Reed, Esq., who also greatly improved the place by planting, and whose ancestors were settled in the township at a remote date. " [1]

Another branch of the family was found at Weston in Suffolk. " Weston Hall, the ancient seat of the family of Rede, a handsome mansion in the Elizabethan style, was partly taken down within a few years, and the remainder converted into a farmhouse." [1]

Early History of the Red family

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Red Spelling Variations

The name, Red, occurred in many references, and from time to time, it was spelt Read, Reid, Reed, Reede, Redd, Reade and others.

Early Notables of the Red family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was William Rede or Reade (died 1385), Bishop of Chichester, a native of the diocese of Exeter; Robert Reed (died 1415), Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, Bishop of Carlisle and Bishop of Chichester; Sir John Reid of Barruck; Bartholomew Rede, Lord Mayor of London in 1502; Sir Richard Rede (1511-1579), English Master of Requests, came of a family settled at Nether Wallop in Hampshire; Sir John Read, of Wrangle was Sheriff of the County of Lincoln in 1609. Wilmot Redd (Read, Reed) (died September 22, 1692), was one of the victims of the...
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Ireland Migration of the Red family to Ireland

Some of the Red family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Red migration to the United States +

The New World beckoned settlers from the Scottish-English borders. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Among the early settlers bearing the Red surname who came to North America were:

Red Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • David Red, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 [2]
  • Moses Red, who landed in Virginia in 1696 [2]
Red Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Red, who arrived in New York in 1709 [2]
  • John Red, who landed in Virginia in 1709 [2]
  • Eliza Red, who landed in Virginia in 1711 [2]
  • William Red, who arrived in Virginia in 1715 [2]
  • Avis Red, who landed in Virginia in 1725 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Red 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:

Red Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Red, aged 23, a platelayer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Red (post 1700) +

  • Hazel Stephen Red, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1996 [3]
  • Red Everette, American NASCAR driver in the 1990s
  • Red Grooms (b. 1937), born Charles Rogers Grooms, an American multimedia artist, best known for his colorful pop-art constructions of urban life
  • Red Tilson, Canadian former player for the Oshawa Generals who was killed in service in the Second World War, eponym of the Red Tilson Trophy, an annual award given to the most outstanding player in the Ontario Hockey League
  • Red Burns (1925-2013), Canadian co-founder and chair of the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University
  • Red McKelvie, New Zealand singer-songwriter-instrumentalist and session musician
  • Red Florey, American Jazz musician who played the tenor sax, became a bandleader and arranger
  • Red Faber (1888-1976), American pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • Red Barber (1908-1992), American journalist
  • Red Grammer (b. 1952), American singer and songwriter

The Red 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: Pax copia
Motto Translation: Peace, plenty.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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