First name origins & meanings:

  1. Old English: Red-haired; reed
  2. English: Red-haired

First name variations: Reed, Reading, Reade, Read, Read, Reede, Reed

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. Scottish: nickname for a person with red hair or a ruddy complexion, from Older Scots reid ‘red’.
  2. Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived in a clearing, from Old English r̄d ‘woodland clearing’. Compare English Read.
  3. Scottish: Samuel Chester Reid (1783–1861), the sea captain who designed the stars and stripes form of the present the American flag, was born at Norwich, CT. His father, Lt. John Reid, a former British naval officer of a distinguished Glasgow family, had resigned his commission and joined the cause of the American Revolution.
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