Show ContentsRedd History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Redd 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. [1] [2]

In other instances, the Redd surname no doubt came from some of the places so named in Britain, such as Read, Lancashire, Rede, Suffolk, and Reed in Hertfordshire. [3] [4]

Early Origins of the Redd family

The surname Redd 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. " [5]

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." [5]

The first record of the family dates back to Saxon times when Leofwine se Reade was listed as an Old English Byname (1016-1020.) Years later, William Red was found in the Pipe Rolls for Gloucestershire in 1176 and William le Red was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1332. In Lancashire, the first record there was that of Hugo le Rede in the Curia Regis Rolls for 1220 and later in Sussex we found Hamo le Reed in the Subsidy Rolls for 1296. Later in Sussex, Thomas Read was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for 1327. In Hertfordshire, the Curia Regis Rolls include an entry for Ralph de Rede in 1203 and in Suffolk, John de Rede was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1327. [6]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had two entries for the family: Godwin le Rede, Norfolk; and Roger le Rede, Herefordshire. [7] The source Testa de Nevill, sive Liber Feodorum, temp. Henry III-Edward I. included an entry for Robert le Rede, Surrey, Henry III-Edward I. [8]

In Somerset, William Red and Robertte Rede were listed 1 Edward III (in the first year of the reign of King Edward III.) [9]

Early History of the Redd family

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Redd Spelling Variations

The name Redd, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Read, Reid, Reed, Reede, Redd, Reade and others.

Early Notables of the Redd 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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Redd Ranking

In the United States, the name Redd is the 2,143rd most popular surname with an estimated 14,922 people with that name. [10]

Ireland Migration of the Redd family to Ireland

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United States Redd migration to the United States +

The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. 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." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Redd family, or who bore a variation of the surname Redd were

Redd Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Asbell Redd, who landed in Maryland in 1651 [11]
  • George Redd, who landed in Maryland in 1651 [11]
  • John Redd, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1654 [11]
Redd Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Eliza Redd, who arrived in Virginia in 1703 [11]
  • Adam Redd, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 [11]

Contemporary Notables of the name Redd (post 1700) +

  • Freddie Redd (1928-2021), American hard-bop pianist and composer, best known for writing music to accompany The Connection (1959), a play by Jack Gelber
  • Vincent Edward "Vince" Redd (b. 1985), American football defensive lineman
  • Lambert Redd (1908-1986), American silver medalist long jumper at the 1932 Summer Olympics
  • John Scott Redd (b. 1944), American vice admiral of the United States Navy
  • Jasper Redd (b. 1979), American comedian
  • Glen Herrscher Redd (1958-2007), American MFL football linebacker
  • Dana Redd (b. 1968), American Democratic politician, Mayor of Camden, New Jersey (2010-)
  • Shawty Redd, born Demetrius Stewart, an American Grammy nominated record producer, rapper, and songwriter
  • Michael Wesley Redd (b. 1979), American professional NBA basketball player, member of the U.S. national basketball team
  • Charles Redd, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 2000 [12]
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The Redd 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.

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  4. Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  5. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  6. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  7. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  8. Testa de Nevill or "Liber Feodorum" or "Book of Fees," thought to have been written by Ralph de Nevill, for King John (1199–1216)
  9. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  10. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  11. 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)
  12. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook