Reid Family History

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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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Reid Family Origin

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Reid Family Occupations

What did your Reid ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Reid family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Reid. The most common Reid occupation in the USA was Farmer. 35% of Reid's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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Reid Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Reid Life Expectancy

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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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Reid ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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