Reidy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Reidy family

The surname Reidy was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Reidy family

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Reidy Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Reddy, Reddie, Readdie, Reedie, Reidie and others.

Early Notables of the Reidy family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Reidy family to Ireland

Some of the Reidy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Reidy migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Reidy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Reidy, aged 19, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1739 [1]
  • Johan Otto Reidy, aged 34, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1739 [1]
  • Peter Reidy, aged 16, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1739 [1]
Reidy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jeremiah Reidy, who arrived in New York in 1846 [1]
  • Maria Reidy, aged 20, who arrived in New York in 1864 [1]

New Zealand Reidy 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:

Reidy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Reidy, aged 39, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Catherine Reidy, aged 25, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Christopher Reidy, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Annie Reidy, aged 12, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Mr. Daniel Reidy, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Assaye" arriving in Auckland, North Island, New Zealand on 26th December 1874 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Reidy (post 1700) +

  • Carolyn Reidy (1949-2020), American business executive, President and CEO of the American publishing company Simon & Schuster
  • Thomas H. Reidy, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Navy, during World War II, credited with 10 aerial victories
  • William N. Reidy, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Richmond County 1st District, 1949-52 [3]
  • Sarah Reidy, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 2008 [3]
  • Michael J. Reidy, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1920 [3]
  • Michael B. Reidy, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Naugatuck; Defeated, 1904; Elected 1906, 1908 [3]
  • John F. Reidy (b. 1893), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Bronx County 7th District, 1924-33 [3]
  • Edward L. Reidy, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Winchester; Elected 1902, 1904 [3]
  • Ben T. Reidy, American Republican politician, Member of Illinois Republican State Central Committee, 1943 [3]


  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 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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