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The name Reading is a boy's name of English origin meaning "son of the red-haired".
Inventive way to honor a redheaded ancestor, though most people would mispronounce it reeding, making it sound to some kids like a school assignment: Redding is a preferable spelling.
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I can't believe that I came across this name. Most people will pronounce this "reed-ing", which is how I pronounce the word, in the reading a book sense. However, I know this place, because I was born in Reading, Berkshire, UK. I'll have to search Basingstoke, my current home town - but surely not...??? I can't believe that people are calling kids Reading. Oh, and for the record - Berkshire is Bark-shire - not berk.
Most will pronounce it as the verb.