Meaning and Origin of: Reid

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : Red-haired; reed
  • English : Red-haired

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • Scottish : nickname for a person with red hair or a ruddy complexion, from Older Scots reid ‘red’.
  • Scottish : topographic name for someone who lived in a clearing, from Old English r̄d ‘woodland clearing’. Compare English Read.
  • Scottish : Samuel Chester Reid (1783–1861), the sea captain who designed the stars and stripes form of the present the American flag, was born at Norwich, CT. His father, Lt. John Reid, a former British naval officer of a distinguished Glasgow family, had resigned his commission and joined the cause of the American Revolution.