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This interesting and unusual surname has three possible sources. Firstly, the surname may be of early medieval English origin, and is an example of that sizeable group of early European surnames that were gradually created from the habitual use of nicknames. The nicknames were given in the first instance with reference to a large variety of characteristics, such as physical attributes and peculiarities, mental and moral characteristics, including supposed resemblance to an animal's or bird's appearance or disposition, or to habits of dress and occupation. The derivation of the name is from the Middle English "readi", "redi", prepared, prompt, quick, and would have been given in the first instance to someone considered to be a provident, quick-acting person...

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