When William B. Reed was born about 17 September 1842, in Escott, Leeds and the Thousand Islands, Leeds and Grenville, Ontario, Canada, his father, William Reid, was 33 and his mother, Mary Beaupre, was 27. He married Elizabeth Guild about 1867, in Leeds and Grenville, Ontario, Canada. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Forester, Forester Township, Sanilac, Michigan, United States in 1880 and Olds, Mountain View County, Alberta, Canada in 1911. He died on 16 August 1919, in Peachland, British Columbia, Canada, at the age of 76, and was buried in Peachland, British Columbia, Canada.
English and Scottish: nickname from Middle English and Older Scots red(e) ‘red’, no doubt denoting someone with red hair or a ruddy complexion.
English: from Middle English ride, rede, rude (Old English rīed, rēod, rȳd) ‘clearing’. The surname may be topographic for someone who lived in or near a clearing, or habitational, for someone who lived at one of a number of places so named, including Rede Court in Strood (Kent), Rides in Eastchurch (Kent), Ride Way in Ewhurst (Surrey), and Reed Farm in Wadhurst (Sussex). The word is particularly common in the southeastern counties of England, from Kent to the Isle of Wight. See also Rider and Reader .
English: habitational name from Read (Lancashire), Reed (Hertfordshire), or Rede (Suffolk). The Lancashire placename derives from Old English rǣge ‘roe, female roe deer’ + hēafod ‘head’. The Hertfordshire placename derives from Old English rȳhth ‘rough piece of ground’. The etymology of the Suffolk placename is uncertain.
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