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Origins of the Reed surname

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What does the name Reed mean?

Reed is an English and Scottish surname. It derives from the Middle English word 'reed' or 'rede' (red). It was typically given as a descriptive nickname for somebody who had red hair, or a particularly ruddy complexion, and passed down to their heirs. The 'Reid' variant of this name is more predominantly found in Scotland and the North of England.

Alternative variations of the name Reed

Reed, Reede, Reid, Reyd, Reet, Reide, Read, Reade

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Where do most Reeds live?

In 1921, most Reeds lived in London.


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Interesting facts about Reeds

How common is your surname?

146th most common surname in the UK

We have 231,000 records for the Reed surname. The oldest one dates back to 1538.

Who were Reeds most likely to marry?

Smiths

&

Johnsons

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What are the most common Reed first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Reeds

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

Common Female occupations for Reeds in 1921
Dressmaker

1,039

Laundress

681

Domestic Servant

607

General Servant Domestic

607

House Servant

470

Common Male occupations for Reeds in 1921
Agricultural Labourer

1,214

General Labourer

1,015

Coal Miner

922

Farmer

720

Farm Hands

685

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