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Origins of the Read surname

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About the Reads

We have a total number of 230431 records for people with the last name Read.

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Where do most Reads live?

In 1921, most Reads lived in London.


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Interesting facts about Reads

How common is your surname?

180th most common surname in the UK

We have 205,000 records for the Read surname. The oldest one dates back to 1538.

Who were Reads most likely to marry?

Smiths

&

Browns

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What are the most common Read first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

Our birth record sets tell us the names of Read family members

Common jobs for Reads

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Reads in 1921
Dressmaker

1,023

Laundress

554

General Servant Domestic

435

Domestic Servant

426

Living On Own Means

418

Common Male occupations for Reads in 1921
Agricultural Labourer

1,227

Carpenter

801

General Labourer

716

Farmer

623

Farm Labourer

560

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