Show ContentsReding History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Reding comes from when the family resided in the village of Reading found in the county of Berkshire. The surname Reding 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.

Early Origins of the Reding family

The surname Reding was first found in Sussex. Some of the earliest records of the surname were: Robert de Reading (died 1325), English historian and a monk of Westminster; and 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.

Early History of the Reding family

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Reding Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Reding has been recorded under many different variations, including Reading, Reding, Redding, Reddin and others.

Early Notables of the Reding family

Distinguished members of the family include John Reading (1588-1667), English Calvinist and Biblical commentator; Sir James Reading; John Reading (c.1645-1692), English composer and organist, Choir master of Chichester Cathedral (1674-1677); and...
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Reding Ranking

In the United States, the name Reding is the 10,714th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Reding migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Reding or a variant listed above:

Reding Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Tho Reding, who arrived in Virginia in 1666 [2]
  • Richard Reding, who arrived in Maryland in 1673 [2]
Reding Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George Reding, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [2]
  • William Reding, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [2]
  • Sarah Reding, who landed in Virginia in 1718 [2]
  • John Reding, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1764 [2]
Reding Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Walter C Reding, who landed in Mississippi in 1857 [2]
  • Miss Karolina Reding, aged 17, German settler who arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "La Bourgogne" [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Reding (post 1700) +

  • Leo John Reding (1924-2015), American politician, member of the Minnesota House of Representatives (1975-1995)
  • John Randall Reding (1805-1892), American Democratic Party politician, U.S. Representative from New Hampshire at-large, 1841-45; Mayor of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 1860 [4]
  • Charles Christophe Joseph Louis Reding de Biberegg, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [5]

The Reding 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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  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. Germans to America retrieved 21st October 2021. Retrieved from Glazier, Ira. A., and Filby, P. William. Germans to America: Lists of Passengers Arriving at U.S. Ports. Vol. 62, Scholarly Resources Inc, 2096
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 9) . Retrieved from
  5. Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, August 27) Charles Reding. Retrieved from on Facebook