Reed Family History
ancient family history was found in the irishsurnames.com archives. The names Reid and Reed are nicknames meaning 'red haired one' from a person with reddish hair. Variants include Read, Reade, Red and Readman. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a Godwin le Rede, County Norfolk, and a Roger le Rede, County Herefordshire, who were recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273. A George Warde and Denys Reade were married in Saint Michaels, Cornhill, in the year 1568. A Martin Rede was recorded in the 'Fines Rolls' in the reign of Edward III. Gilbert le Rede of Coul, Scotland, was committed to prison and died there in the year 1296 and a John Reed was collector of tithe in the deaneries of Stormouth and Atholl, Scotland, in 1362.
In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century. During the 'Plantations of Ireland' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries Ireland was colonized by the English Crown with this period marking the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland. This period brought an influx of settlers into the country but, unlike the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century that resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.
Reed is also an occasional variant of the Irish names Mulderrig and Mulready.The Reed
family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Reed