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Reeds Name Meaning

English: variant of Reed with post-medieval excrescent -s. Possibly an Americanized form of German Reetz or Rietz .

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


Similar surnames: Reedy, Rees, Reed, Reede, Kees, Seeds, Meeds, Reeder, Reeks, Needs

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Where is the Reeds family from?

You can see how Reeds families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Reeds family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Reeds families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 3 Reeds families living in Missouri. This was about 33% of all the recorded Reeds's in USA. Missouri had the highest population of Reeds families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Reeds surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Reeds ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Reeds. 30% of Reeds men worked as a Laborer and 18% of Reeds women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Reeds were Clerk and Clerk. .

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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
    30%
  • Farmer
    27%
  • Farm Laborer
    5%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    18%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Teacher
    13%
  • Clerk
    10%
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Census Records

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Reeds. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Reeds census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 858 immigration records available for the last name Reeds. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Reeds. For the veterans among your Reeds ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Reeds lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2003, in the United States, Reeds life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1973. The average life expectancy for Reeds in 1961 was 51, and 66 in 2003.

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