Reid An English or Scottish surname meaning ‘red haired’ or ‘ruddy complexioned’. Most likely of Scottish origin in Ireland. Reed was at one time numerous in Kyle. In 1890 Reid was the eighty-first most numerous surname, the estimated number of bearers was 9,200 and was chiefly found in Antrim, Dublin, Down, Tyrone and Armagh. In 1863 it was the thirteenth most common name in Scotland, with an estimated 19,700 bearers. In the United States it is the 232nd most numerous surname with an estimated 126,500 bearers. In England and Wales in 1996 it was the 159th most numerous surname. In Scotland in 1995 it was the 11th most numerous surname.
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