Reader Family History

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Reader Name Meaning

English: occupational name for someone who thatched cottages with reeds, from an agent derivative of Middle English red(en) ‘to cover with reeds’. Americanized spelling of German Rieder.

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

Similar surnames: Reder, Render, Leader, Rader, Reeder, Seader, Meader, Reider, Lader

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Reader Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Reader name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Reader. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • European Jewish


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Reader Family Origin

Where is the Reader family from?

Reader Family Occupations

What did your Reader ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Reader. The most common Reader occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 11% of Reader's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Reader family was Farmer.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Reader ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Reader Historical Records

What Reader family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 80,000 census records available for the last name Reader. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Reader census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Reader. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Reader. For the veterans among your Reader ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Reader Life Expectancy

What is the average Reader lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Reader life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Reader in 1946 was 35, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Reader ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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