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The origins of the Riedey surname are uncertain. In some instances, it was no doubt derived from the Old English word "read," meaning "red," and was a nickname that came to be a surname. Either way, we may conclude that it meant "red-haired" or "ruddy complexioned." To confuse matters more, there are also instances where the surname Riedey is thought to be derived from one of various place names, such as Read in Lancashire, and Rede in Suffolk.

Riedey Early Origins



The surname Riedey 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 the name has been found since the 14th century. Ancient charters show the name as Rufus (Latinized,) records include an Ada Rufus who witnessed resignation of the lands of Ingilbristoun in 1204; and a William Rufus, who was a juror on an inquest on the lands of Padevinan in 1259. For the purposes of Clan identification, the family name Riedey is officially a sept of the Clan Robertson and as such is entitled to the Clan Badge and Crest of the Robertsons.

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Riedey Early History


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Riedey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Riedey research. Another 717 words (51 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1296, 1335, 1362, 1364, 1375, 1494, 1376, 1558, 1543, 1357, 1439, 1639, 1625, 1618, 1721 and 1806 are included under the topic Early Riedey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Riedey Spelling Variations


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Riedey Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Ried, Reid, Read, Reed and others.

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Riedey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Riedey Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Thomas Reid (d. 1625), who was appointed Latin secretary to King James I of Scotland in 1618. He is best known for founding the first public reference library in Scotland, through bequeath, in Aberdeen...

Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Riedey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Riedey In Ireland


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Riedey In Ireland



Some of the Riedey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Readhead, aged 23, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1892; Albert Readhead, aged 46, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1922; and Albt. Readhead, aged 47, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1922.

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Motto


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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: Fortitudine et labore
Motto Translation: By fortitute and exertion.


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