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Where did the Scottish Reekie family come from? What is the Scottish Reekie family crest and coat of arms? When did the Reekie family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Reekie family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: Reekie, Reikie, Rikie, Reky and others.

First found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they held a family seat in their territories. The Pictish influence on Scottish history diminished after Kenneth Macalpine became King of all Scotland. But those east coast families still played an important role in government and were more accessible to Government than their western highland counterparts. Allegiances were important to Scottish middle age survival. They held a family seat at the lands of Reikie near Alford in Aberdeen.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reekie research. Another 160 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1552, 1567, and 1745 are included under the topic Early Reekie History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Reekie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Reekie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Reekie, who settled in Philadelphia in 1808
  • Alexander Reekie, who settled in Detroit in 1861
  • Wm. Reekie, aged 60, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • Elizbth. J. Reekie, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1893

Reekie Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alexander D. Reekie, aged 26, who settled in America from Kirkcaldy, Scotland, in 1911
  • Nettie Reekie, aged 21, who settled in America from Perth, Scotland, in 1913
  • Thos. A. Reekie, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1919
  • William Sydney Reekie, aged 32, who settled in America from London, England, in 1920
  • Agnes McG. Reekie, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States from Dundee, Scotland, in 1920

Reekie Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • George Reekie, who came to Ontario in 1848
  • John Reekie, who arrived in Ontario in 1848


  • David Reekie (b. 1947), English Glass Sculptor whose works can be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
  • Joseph "Joe" James Reekie (b. 1965), retired Canadian NHL ice hockey player


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: Reviresco
Motto Translation: I flourish again.


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

This page was last modified on 14 November 2012 at 07:16.

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