Boy name origins & meanings
- Old English : Red-haired; reed
- English : Red-haired
- English : Ruddy
Family name origins & meanings
- English : variant spelling of Read 1.
- An early American bearer of the common British name was George Reed who emigrated from England in 1635 with his son, William, and settled in Woburn, MA, several years later. His grandson James (1722–1807), a revolutionary war soldier who distinguished himself at the battle of Bunker Hill, moved to Fitzwilliam, NH, and was one of the original NH proprietors.