Riet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Riet 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 Riet surname no doubt came from some of the places so named in Britain, such as Read, Lancashire, Rede, Suffolk, and Reed in Hertfordshire.
Early Origins of the Riet family
The surname Riet was first found in Northumberland where they held a family seat from early times. One branch was found at Troughend-Ward. "The present house was built in the last century (c. 1700) by EIrington Reed, Esq., who also greatly improved the place by planting, and whose ancestors were settled in the township at a remote date. " 
Another branch of the family was found at Weston in Suffolk. " Weston Hall, the ancient seat of the family of Rede, a handsome mansion in the Elizabethan style, was partly taken down within a few years, and the remainder converted into a farmhouse." 
Early History of the Riet family
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Riet Spelling Variations
The name Riet, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Read, Reid, Reed, Reede, Redd, Reade and others.
Early Notables of the Riet family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was William Rede or Reade (died 1385), Bishop of Chichester, a native of the diocese of Exeter; Robert Reed (died 1415), Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, Bishop of Carlisle and Bishop of Chichester; Sir John Reid of Barruck; Bartholomew Rede, Lord Mayor of London in 1502; Sir Richard Rede (1511-1579), English Master of Requests, came of a family settled at Nether Wallop in Hampshire; Sir John Read, of Wrangle was Sheriff of the County of Lincoln in 1609.
Wilmot Redd (Read, Reed) (died September 22, 1692), was one of the victims of the...
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Migration of the Riet family to Ireland
Some of the Riet family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Riet migration to the United States +
The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Riet family, or who bore a variation of the surname Riet were
Riet Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Jan Riet, who landed in New York, NY in 1660 
Riet Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Hans Jerick Riet, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 
Riet Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Peter Riet, who arrived in Brazil in 1835 
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The Riet 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: Pax copia
Motto Translation: Peace, plenty.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ 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)