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When the ancestors of the Rhead family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Lincolnshire at Rhodes, from whence their name is derived.

Rhead Early Origins



The surname Rhead was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Rhead Spelling Variations


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Rhead Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Rhead has been recorded under many different variations, including Rhodes, Rhoades, Rhode, Rhoads, Roades, Roads and others.

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Rhead Early History


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Rhead Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rhead research. Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1591 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Rhead History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rhead Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rhead Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rhead Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Rheads were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Rhead Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mrs. Rhead, aged 24, who arrived in America from England, in 1903
  • Mr. William Bertrand Rhead, aged 27, who arrived in America from Newcastle, in 1904
  • Clara Rhead, aged 26, who arrived in America from Harley, England, in 1904
  • George Rhead, aged 50, who arrived in America, in 1906
  • Harry George Rhead, aged 26, who arrived in America from Newcastle, Staffordshire, England, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rhead (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rhead (post 1700)



  • Louis John Rhead (1857-1926), English-born American poster artist, illustrator, author and angler
  • Frederick Hurten Rhead (1880-1942), English potter, son of Frederick Alfred Rhead, founder of Rhead Pottery (1913-1917)
  • Frederick Alfred Rhead (1856-1933), English potter working in North Staffordshire, father of Charlotte Rhead
  • Charlotte Rhead (1885-1947), English ceramics designer
  • Matthew James "Matt" Rhead (b. 1984), English professional footballer for Mansfield Town

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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: Robor meum Deus
Motto Translation: Strength through God.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

    The Rhead Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rhead 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 7 July 2014 at 08:44.

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