Redhead History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Redhead family

The surname Redhead was first found in Fife, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Redhead family

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Redhead Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Redhead, Redhede, Redhed and others.

Early Notables of the Redhead family (pre 1700)

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United States Redhead migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Redhead Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Christopher and Goodwife Redhead, who settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Christopher Redhead, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [1]
Redhead Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George Redhead, who landed in Virginia in 1728 [1]
  • Elizabeth Redhead and her husband Thomas settled in Virginia in 1736
Redhead Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • B Redhead, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

New Zealand Redhead 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:

Redhead Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Redhead, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Simlah" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand in 1851 [2]
  • Mrs. Redhead, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Simlah" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand in 1851 [2]
  • Miss Eliza Redhead, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Simlah" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand in 1851 [2]
  • Mr. Charles Redhead, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Simlah" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand in 1851 [2]
  • George Redhead, aged 34, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Redhead (post 1700) +

  • Wesley Redhead, American politician, Postmaster at Des Moines, Iowa, 1853-61 [3]
  • Joseph Redhead, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1924 [3]
  • Mrs. Karen Redhead O.B.E. (b. 1961), British former Principal and Chief Executive Officer for Derwentside College, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Further Education [4]
  • Kimron Redhead (b. 1981), Grenadian footballer for the Grenada national football team
  • Janelle Redhead (b. 1989), Grenadian sprinter
  • Georgina Redhead, British stage and television actress
  • Leigh Redhead (b. 1971), Australian mystery writer
  • Edward Charles Redhead (1902-1967), British civil servant and politician
  • Brian Leonard Redhead (1929-1994), British author, journalist and broadcaster


  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. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists


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