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Reid Family History

Reid Name Meaning

nickname for a person with red hair or a ruddy complexion, from Older Scots reid ‘red’. topographic name for someone who lived in a clearing, from Old English r¯d ‘woodland clearing’. Compare English Read.

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


Similar surnames: Read, Reis, Reil, Reidt, Rein, Heid, Eid, Red, Feld, Redd

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Where is the Reid family from?

You can see how Reid families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Reid family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Reid families were found in and Scotland in 1841and Scotland in 1851and Scotland in 1861and Scotland in 1871and Scotland in 1881and Scotland in 1891and Scotland in 1901. In 1840 there were 51 Reid families living in Ohio. This was about 10% of all the recorded Reid's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Reid families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Reid surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Reid ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Reid. 14% of Reid men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Reid women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Reid were Truck Driver and Cook.

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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
    14%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    5%
  • Cook
    5%
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Census Records

There are 973,000 census records available for the last name Reid. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Reid 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 196,000 immigration records available for the last name Reid. 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 133,000 military records available for the last name Reid. For the veterans among your Reid ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Reid lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Reid life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Reid in 1941 was 40, and 74 in 2004.

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