Read Name Meaning

nickname for a person with red hair or a ruddy complexion, from Middle English re(a)d ‘red’. topographic name for someone who lived in a clearing, from an unattested Old English ried, r¯d ‘woodland clearing’. habitational name from various places: Read in Lancashire, the name of which is a contracted form of Old English r?gheafod, from r?ge ‘female roe deer’, ‘she-goat’ + heafod ‘head(land)’; Rede in Suffolk, so called from Old English hreod ‘reeds’; or Reed in Hertfordshire, so called from an Old English ryhð ‘brushwood’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Reid, Mead, Real, Head, Hoad, Peak, Great, Rad, Nead, Eade

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Read Family Origin

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Read Family Occupations

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  • Agricultural Labourer

    5%
  • Farmer

    4%
  • Labourer

    3%
  • Carpenter

    2%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Read family was Carpenter. The most common Read occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 5% of Read's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Read.

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Between 1942 and 2004, Read life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Read in 1942 was 29, and 78 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Read

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