Reddish History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Reddish family

The surname Reddish was first found in Durham, where they were recorded as a family of great antiquity seated on the lands of Redheugh in that shire. Although the spelling of this name was originally Redheugh, the latter part of the name has been pronounced many ways. King David of Scotland granted them lands in Redheugh in Lanarkshire. Andrew Reddoch held lands in Stirlingshire and was succeeded by James, and then Patrick, but by 1490 they had established themselves as a significant Border Clan holding territories in Dumfries and Kirkcudbright, neighbors of the Glendennings, MacLellans, and the MacCullochs. [1]

In England, it may have been a nickname as in "the ruddock," (robin redbreast) and interestingly Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343-1400), the Father of English literature notes in his poem "Assembly of Fowls," 'The tame ruddocke, and the coward kite.' [2]

Early History of the Reddish family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reddish research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1597, 1591, 1621, 1628, 1689, 1690, 1742, 1787, 1744, 1273, 1604, 1799, 1803 and 1807 are included under the topic Early Reddish History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Reddish Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Reddoch, Reddock, Redick, Reddish, Raddish and others.

Early Notables of the Reddish family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Reddish Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Reddish migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Reddish Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Reddish who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • John Reddish, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1624 [3]
  • William Reddish, aged 20, who arrived in St Christopher in 1635 [3]
  • William Reddish, who settled in St. Christopher in 1635

Contemporary Notables of the name Reddish (post 1700) +

  • Jack Nichols Reddish (1926-1992), American alpine skier who competed at the 1948 and 1952 Winter Olympics
  • David Reddish (b. 1980), American novelist and screenwriter, best known for writing the 2012 novel Sex, Drugs & Superheroes
  • Max C. Reddish, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Toledo, Ohio, 1977 [4]
  • Samuel Reddish (1735-1785), English actor, the son of a tradesman at Frome
  • Mark Reddish (b. 1985), English rugby union footballer
  • Brigadier John Reddish (b. 1902), Australian Commander Royal Artillery 6th Australian Infantry Division from 1943 to 1945 [5]


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, August 30) John Reddish. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Reddish/John/Australia.html


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