Reid Meaning and Origin
Reid is handsome and down-to-earth but still a unique name with an edge of cool. The name Reid is a boy’s name meaning “red-haired one” and is of Scottish origin. There are several possible sources for the name Reid. The most popular theory is that it is a nickname for a person with red hair or a ruddy complexion. Derived from Older Scots reid ‘red’ or the Olde English word “read” also meaning red. Another possibility is that is derived from Old English “ried” ‘woodland clearing’ and used as a topographic name for someone who lived in a clearing. Reid may also come from the Olde English word “roegheafod”, meaning the land occupied by deer, or “Rede” derived from the word “hreod”, meaning reeds grown in a river; or from the word “ryht”, meaning brushwood. The name surname was first found in the 14th century in Aberdeenshire, which was located in northeastern Scotland.
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