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Redding is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the village of Reading found in the county of Berkshire. The surname Redding is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. In this case the surname was originally derived from the Old English word rydding which simply refers to an area that has been cleared.

Redding Early Origins



The surname Redding was first found in Sussex. One of the earliest records of the surname was John of Reading (Latin: Johannes de Reading, Johannes Radingia) who died 1346. He was an English Franciscan theologian and scholastic philosopher and follower of Duns Scotus. He wrote a commentary on the Four Books of Sentences written by Peter Lombard around 1320, at the University of Oxford. In 1322, he accepted a teaching position at Avignon and it was there that he died.

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Redding Spelling Variations


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Redding Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Redding family name include Reading, Reding, Redding, Reddin and others.

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Redding Early History


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Redding Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Redding research. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1588, 1667, 1645, 1692, 1674, 1677, 1686, 1767, 1747, 1748, 1757 and 1758 are included under the topic Early Redding History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Redding Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Redding Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Redding Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Redding surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Redding Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Joseph Redding, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1632
  • Myles Redding, who landed in Massachusetts in 1634
  • Henry Redding, aged 22, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • James Redding, aged 19, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Thomas Redding, who landed in New England in 1652
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Redding Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Captain Redding, who served in the Second New Jersey Regiment in 1778

Redding Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Casper Redding, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1849
  • John D Redding, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • F W Redding, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855

Redding Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Henry Redding U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. William Redding U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Redding Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Redding arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ORLEANA 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Orleana.htm
  • Edward Redding, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  • Ellen Redding arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Hyde" in 1850

Redding Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Ann Redding arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of the Avon" in 1859
  • Eliza Redding arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of the Avon" in 1859
  • Thomas Redding, aged 22, a carter, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
  • Mary Redding, aged 21, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
  • Emma Redding, aged 2, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Redding (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Redding (post 1700)



  • Timothy James "Tim" Redding (b. 1978), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • William A. Redding, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Montgomery County, 1885-86
  • Eva B. Redding, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1944
  • Charles L. Redding, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, 1927-32, 1933
  • Carl Redding, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 90th District, 1976, 1978
  • Benjamin S. Redding, American politician, Secretary of State of California, 1863-67
  • Benjamin B. Redding, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 15th District, 1853-54
  • B. B. Redding, American politician, Mayor of Sacramento, California, 1856
  • Arvilla C. Redding, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1956
  • George Redding, American politician, Member of New Jersey State Senate from Cape May County, 1945-48
  • ... (Another 17 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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: Dieu defende la droit
Motto Translation: God defends the right.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ORLEANA 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Orleana.htm
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843

Other References

  1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  5. 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).
  6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  8. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  11. ...

The Redding Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Redding 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.

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