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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

What did your Read ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Student were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Read. 25% of Read men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Read women worked as a Student. Some less common occupations for Americans named Read were Laborer and Housekeeper

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Clerk
  • Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Student
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 54,000 immigration records available for the last name Read. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 65,000 military records available for the last name Read. For the veterans among your Read ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Read Life Expectancy

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Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, 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.

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