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

The Reid surname is derived from the Old English word "read," meaning "red." It is most likely that the name was used as nickname for someone with red hair, before becoming their surname. In other instances, the Reid surname no doubt came from some of the places so named in Britain, such as Read, Lancashire, Rede, Suffolk, and Reed in Hertfordshire.

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Although the name, Reid, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Read, Reid, Reed, Reede, Redd, Reade and others.

First found in Northumberland 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reid research. Another 231 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1758, 1600, 1415, 1541, 1551, 1502, 1609, 1692, 1692 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Reid History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 251 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reid Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Reid family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 139 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Reid family name Reid, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Reid Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Gabriell Reid, aged 18, arrived in America in 1635
  • Elizabeth Reid, who came to Maryland in 1674
  • Elizabeth Reid, who landed in Maryland in 1674
  • Abraham Reid, who arrived in Maryland in 1678
  • George Reid, who settled in East New Jersey in 1684


Reid Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Christian James Reid, who arrived in Georgia in 1738
  • John Reid, his wife and son, who came to New York in 1739
  • Duncan Reid, who arrived in New York in 1739
  • Henry Reid, who landed in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Charles Reid, who was on record in Pensacola, FL in 1768


Reid Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Daniel Reid, who landed in America in 1811
  • Isaiah Reid, aged 52, landed in South Carolina in 1812
  • George Reid, aged 30, arrived in Georgia in 1812
  • Adam Reid, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1816
  • Forest Reid, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817


Reid Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Daniel Reid, who arrived in Montreal in 1770

Reid Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • John Reid, aged 25, a farmer, arrived in Pictou, N.S. aboard the ship "Commerce" in 1803
  • Eliza Reid, aged 23, arrived in Pictou, N.S. aboard the ship "Commerce" in 1803
  • Alexander Reid, aged 3 1/4, arrived in Pictou, N.S. aboard the ship "Commerce" in 1803
  • Ann Reid, aged 1 1/4, arrived in Pictou, N.S. aboard the ship "Commerce" in 1803
  • John Reid, aged 25, a farmer, arrived in Pictou, NS aboard the ship "Commerce" in 1803


Reid Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Jane Reid, British convict from Britain, who was transported aboard the "Alexander" on November 4, 1815, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Alexander Reid, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • James Reid, a joiner, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • John Reid, a joiner, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • James Reid arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838


Reid Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Adam Reid arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • David Reid, aged 39, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • Thomas Reid, aged 23, a painter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • Mary Ann Reid, aged 20, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • Conrad Reid arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cashmere" in 1851


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  • Andy Reid (b. 1958), American NFL football coach, Philadelphia Eagles head coach (1999-)
  • Antonio Reid (b. 1956), American songwriter, producer, and record company executive
  • David Reid (b. 1973), American boxer
  • Mr. Peter Reid (d. 1915), American 2nd Class passenger from Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Beryl Reid (b. 1920), English comedienne
  • Mr. Charles Reid (d. 1914), English Third Class Passenger from Leicester, England, United Kingdom who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. James Reid (d. 1915), English Seaman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Alfred Reid (d. 1915), English Third Waiter from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Ellen Reid (d. 1915), English 3rd Class passenger residing in New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
  • Mr. John H. Reid (d. 1915), English 3rd Class passenger returning from Trenton, New Jersey, USA going to work in the Woolwich Arsenal, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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  • Dunkin-Reid and Garner-McGraw-Mobley Families of South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama by Dean Smith Cress.
  • The Nathan Reids Of Virginia in the March of Freedom by Elizabeth Reid Austin.
  • Reid Family, 1776-1974 by Maude Reid Tomlinson.
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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: Pax copia
Motto Translation: Peace, plenty.

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The Reid Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reid 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 26 November 2014 at 10:39.

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