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Reed Name Meaning

English and Scottish: nickname from Middle English and Older Scots red(e) ‘red’ no doubt denoting someone with red hair or a ruddy complexion. English: from Middle English ride rede rude (Old English rīed rēod rȳd) ‘clearing’. The surname may be topographic for someone who lived in or near a clearing or habitational for someone who lived at one of a number of places so named including Rede Court in Strood (Kent) Rides in Eastchurch (Kent) Ride Way in Ewhurst (Surrey) and Reed Farm in Wadhurst (Sussex). The word is particularly common in the southeastern counties of England from Kent to the Isle of Wight. See also Rider and Reader . English: habitational name from Read (Lancashire) Reed (Hertfordshire) or Rede (Suffolk). The Lancashire placename derives from Old English rǣge ‘roe female roe deer’ + hēafod ‘head’. The Hertfordshire placename derives from Old English rȳhth ‘rough piece of ground’. The etymology of the Suffolk placename is uncertain.

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

Similar surnames: Reede, Reeds, Redd, Red, Ree, Read, Reid, Need, Rees, Reek

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You can see how Reed families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Reed family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Reed families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 3,950 Reed families living in London. This was about 16% of all the recorded Reed's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Reed families in 1891.
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What did your Reed 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 Reed. 7% of Reed men worked as a General Labourer and 66% of Reed women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Reed were Gardener and Incapacitated. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Gardener

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Incapacitated
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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Reed life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Reed in 1940 was 40, and 72 in 2004.

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