First name origins & meanings:
- Old English: Red-haired; reed
- English: Red-haired
First name variations: Reed, Reading, Reade, Read, Read, Reede, Reed
Last name origins & meanings:
- Scottish: nickname for a person with red hair or a ruddy
complexion, from Older Scots reid ‘red’.
- Scottish: topographic name
for someone who lived in a clearing, from Old English r̄d
‘woodland clearing’. Compare English Read.
- 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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