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Type Surname

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.
Added 12/15/2015 by McLeeds
Edited 12/20/2016 by McLeeds