Origin of the Name Reidy
The origin of the name Reidy
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Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Reidy
include Reedy and Mulready. This name in Irish is O'Riada and the latter variants are the anglicized forms of this. This sept came from West Munster .
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
This is a Dalcassian sept found in three Counties of West Munster , particularly Clare and Kerry . The ancient manuscript the 'Four Masters' describe the Chief of the sept as 'King of Aradh' in the year 1129, a designation applied to the O'Donegans up to the year 1100 and to the O'Brien family in the fifteenth century. The form Mulready is a rarer variant, they belonging to the Southern part of County Roscommon. The Census of 1659 records that they were located mainly in Counties Kerry and Limerick where, in modern times, the name is still mostly to be found.
The Reidy coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Reidy descendants.