History of your Surname
Get access to Reader family records.Start a free trial

Reader Family History

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

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Reader family from?

You can see how Reader families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Reader family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Reader families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 64 Reader families living in Ontario. This was about 55% of all the recorded Reader's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Reader families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Reader surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Reader ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Labourer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Reader. 49% of Reader men worked as a Farmer.

View Census data for Reader | Data not to scale

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

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    49%
  • Labourer
    20%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Carpenter
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Labourer
    100%
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Reader family records will you find?

Census Records

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.

Search Canadian census records for Reader

Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Reader. 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.

View all Reader immigration records

Draft Cards

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.

View all Reader military records

You've only scratched the surface of Reader family history.

Discover More

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Reader

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Reader family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial