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Meaning & History
A Scottish surname of uncertain origin.
Possibly from the Cumbric word rith
meaning 'ford' or 'crossing' (Welsh rhyd
) or perhaps the Pictish equivalent.
Reith may also be a reduced form of MacCreath, an ancient Scottish surname, also of uncertain origin.
In some cases, Reith may be a variant of Reid
Reith is also used as an Anglicization of any like-sounding German and Dutch surnames.