Last name: Read

This is a surname of some controversy. Recorded in several spellings including Reid, generally held to be Scottish, Read, Reade, Reed, Red and Redd, which can best be described as "British", it has at least three possible origins. Firstly, the surname may derive from the Olde English pre 7th century word "read" meaning red, and as such was probably nationalistic for an Anglo-Saxon, as these people were often red haired or had a ruddy complexion. Early examples from this source may include William Red in the Pipe Rolls of the county of Gloucestershire in 1176, and Gilbert le Rede of Coul, Scotland in 1296. The second possibility is that the name is locational from various places such as Read in the county of Lancashire, from the Olde English word "roegheafod", meaning the land occupied by deer, or Rede in Suffolk, deriving from the word "hreod", meaning reeds as grown in a river; or the village of Reed in Hertfordshire, from the word "ryht", meaning brushwood. Ralph de Rede is recorded in the Curia Regis rolls of Hertfordshire in the year 1203. The final suggestion is that the name is topographical from the Olde English "ried" and describes somebody who lived in a clearing. Roger de la Rede is noted in the Pipe Rolls of Devonshire in the year 1208. Joseph Reid (1843 - 1917), born in Ayrshire, was the inventor of the Reid oil burner, which did so much to advance the oil industry in the United States. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Leofwine se Reade. This was dated 1016 in the records known as the "Olde English Bynames for the county of Kent", during the reign of King Canute, 1016 - 1035. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Ted Read
I am looking for two business partners with surnames Wright and Wong, we can then form the partnership Read, Wright and Wong :) !

Rob Read
is it just me or do you find yourself instinctively telling someone your surname and then spelling it??

James Read
Why do people say that READ is wrong and should be REID or REED. One is the name of a damn plant and the other is just weird with a i.

Steve Read
No one can even say or even spell right. That is what frustrates me the most. Lots of history with our name. I have traced my family back to the 1600's some where in Middleton England.

Becky Read (BREAD)
Whenever I have to give my name I always say Read as in read a book - it's so easy for someone to spell it like that.

James Read
I do the same exact thing

shaedyn read
i have a family tree book of reads yep in the book it is spelled READ

Mark Francis Read
Wouldn't it be grand if we could all visit one family tree source on the net dedicated to mapping the Read/Reid/Reed/etc geneology tree. If anyone knows of such a place, or would like to collaborate on such a project, please do let me know. Mark Francis Read Born 4-Jul-63 Rochford, Essex, UK Emergrated to Australia Feb 1976 mfread@gmail.com

Patrick Read
Yes. Read is derived from "reed." Often found on the RED SEA. It dates back to King David, who played a "reed." Sorry to disappoint, Red. But my name is in the present tense.