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Redding Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Reading the county seat of Berkshire from Old English Rēadingas ‘people of Rēad(a)’ a byname meaning ‘red’. Irish: from Ó Rodáin ‘descendant of Rodán’ a personal name derived from a diminutive of rod ‘strong lively spirited’. Anglicized forms with other vowels as in Rudden Reddan may be derived from a variant Ó Roidín. Current Anglicized Irish forms usually have a double d. German: patronymic from any of the ancient Germanic personal names with the first element rād ‘counsel advice’. German: habitational name from a place called Reddingen in Lower Saxony. Americanized form of Luxembourgish and German Reding 2 a cognate of 1 above and probably also of French Réding (see Reding ).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Redling, Reding, Reddin, Hedding, Reddix, Reddig, Berding, Leiding

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Where is the Redding family from?

You can see how Redding families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Redding family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Redding families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 22 Redding families living in Georgia. This was about 13% of all the recorded Redding's in USA. Georgia and 1 other state had the highest population of Redding families in 1840.
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What did your Redding ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Redding. 20% of Redding men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Redding women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Redding were Farm Laborer and Housework. .

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*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 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Cook
  • Maid
  • Housework
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What is the average Redding lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Redding life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Redding in 1942 was 37, and 72 in 2004.

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