Reading Family History

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Reading Name Meaning

habitational name from the county seat of Berkshire, which gets its name from Old English Readingas ‘people of Read(a)’, a byname meaning ‘red’. topographic name for someone who lived in a clearing, an unattested Old English ryding.

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

Similar surnames: Fearing, Keating, Brading, Radin, Readling, Rexing, Reiling, Hedding

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Reading Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Reading name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Reading. 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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Reading Family Origin

Where is the Reading family from?

Reading Family Occupations

What did your Reading ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Reading occupation in the UK was Farmer. 4% of Reading's were Farmers. Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Reading. A less common occupation for the Reading family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Carpenter


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

Reading Historical Records

What Reading family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 77,000 census records available for the last name Reading. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Reading 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 Reading. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Reading. For the veterans among your Reading ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Reading Life Expectancy

What is the average Reading lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Reading life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Reading in 1952 was 60, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Reading

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Reading 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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