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Read Name Meaning

English and Scottish: variant of Reed .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Reid, Mead, Real, Head, Hoad, Peak, Great, Rad, Nead, Eade

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Where is the Read family from?

You can see how Read families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Read family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Read families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 3,915 Read families living in London. This was about 19% of all the recorded Read's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Read families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Read surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Read ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Read. 6% of Read men worked as a General Labourer and 65% of Read women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Read were Retired and Private Means. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Retired

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Private Means
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Census Records

There are 585,000 census records available for the last name Read. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Read census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 54,000 immigration records available for the last name Read. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 65,000 military records available for the last name Read. For the veterans among your Read ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Read lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Read life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Read in 1942 was 29, and 78 in 2004.

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