Reeks History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Reeks family

The surname Reeks was 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. [1]

The following entry is most interesting: "a person of this name in a letter to the "Weekly Scotsman" of Edinburgh some years ago said that in his family Bible under 1731 this name is spelled Rikie; and he adds that he had access to records as far back as 1460 in which the name is spelled Riki and Rikie." [2]

Early History of the Reeks family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reeks research. Another 106 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1567, 1552 and 1745 are included under the topic Early Reeks History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Reeks Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Reeks family (pre 1700)

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United States Reeks migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Reeks Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Rich Reeks, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 [3]
Reeks Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Jessie Reeks, aged 24, who settled in America from Poole, England, in 1905
  • Edmond Reeks, aged 42, who settled in America from London, England, in 1907
  • John Henry Reeks, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States from Poole, England, in 1909
  • Edmund Reeks, aged 45, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1911
  • Ethel May Reeks, aged 25, who immigrated to America from Christchurch, England, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Reeks migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Reeks Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Reeks, Welsh convict from Monmouth, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • George Reeks, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]


The Reeks 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: Reviresco
Motto Translation: I flourish again.


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  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. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829


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