Redheads - 25 Myths, Legends and Quotes


Back in the days BITMH (that’s before I took my hiatus!) I did some posts about me and my life which you can see here.

I have a few new followers (yay) so I thought I’d reboot this occasional feature as the original posts are five years old and that is of course a millennia in blogosphere years.

This week I’m going to talk about my feature which lends itself to my blog title


Redheads - 25 Myths, Legends and Quotes


Growing up in Scotland there is a high chance that you grew up knowing a redhead, a carrot top, a ginger, in my case that redhead was me!

My granny told me I wasn’t ginger I had titian hair, others told me it was auburn whatever it was I hated it.

I’m not a blue eyed, fair eyelash redhead, I have dark brown eyes, brown eyebrows and lashes which often leads to people accusing me of dying my locks. Nope its all natural and yes I have heard the one about the carpets matching the drapes thank you very much.

I’m now in my forties and I love my hair, it stands out like a sore thumb and its great, my youngest has inherited it too so the gene will carry on down the line!

When researching my original post I was amazed to discover a whole heap of myths and legends surrounding my fiery ancestors and I’d love to share with you my favourites!


1 - Redheads are witches!



No I am definitely not a witch though my granny might have been...

2 - Redheads turn in to vampires when we die!


I like my steak medium rare - will that help?

3 - Redheads are bad tempered?


4 - Russians say that red hair is a sign of craziness!


5 - Quote - Anne of Green Gables

"You'd find it easier to be bad than good if you had red hair," said Anne reproachfully. "People who haven't red hair don't know what trouble is."- Anne to Marilla in Anne of Green Gables

6 - There was never a saint with red hair!

7 - Red hair was supposed to be a sign of being very sexually active!!


Yeah, right! Who started that rumour?

8 - Redheads need more anaesthesia!


Yes, its true in my case, I had an operation on my hand where the anaesthetic was no where near strong enough, I was on the operating table when they discovered this. I also need a good deal more injections when I am at the dentist. They do say we feel pain more, I have quite a high pain threshold but if I need anaesthesia they need to turn it up to 11!

9 - Quote - Mark Twain

"While the rest of the species is descended from apes, redheads are descended from cats." - Mark Twain

10 - We come from Atlantis


I’d never heard this one before, by all means google it. We apparently left Atlantis to spread out around the world and create a race of super redheads!

11 - Polish people believe if you see three redheads in a row you’ll win the lottery


If that was the case I’d be loaded, My daughters a redhead, My father is a redhead, My dog is a redhead and if I see myself in the mirror then I’m seeing a redhead. I can only assume I have to be on Polish soil for this to work? Can any Polish readers confirm this?!

12 - We don’t have souls

13 - Quote

"I am always asked where I got my bright auburn-red hair from, seeing as both my parents have a very dark almost black hair. My father, being 60 when I was born, always answered, "rust in the pipes." - Unknown

14 - We are on the endangered species list


I heard this and I think there may be a bit of science behind it but digging in the depths of the net I found that some people believe this rumour was started by a company who specialises in.........
hair dye.

15 - We are mutants with superpowers!


I don’t have any superpowers apart from being able to tell when my kids lie to me and the ability to pick up things with my toes. My redhead daughter tells me her superpower is bendiness! However the gene that causes red hair MC1R is caused by mutations.

16 - We don’t really go grey


I am starting to get a tiny silvery streak on my temple which will look awesome if it stays in one place, if it spreads to the rest of my hair I’m not so sure. My father who is in his seventies is a red head and his hair has gone a sort of Sandy grey now.

17 - We were burned during the Spanish Inquisition


Enough with the burning already!

18 - We were also burned alive in Ancient Egypt



19 - Gingerphobia is a thing



20 - Judas was believed to have had red hair


Alleged to be true!

21 - The fat of red headed males was used in poison!


22 - We can’t make good butter!


23 - Our hair was used in ye olde spells!


24 - King Arthur had red hair


Allegedly he had red hair and a myth is said to say “In times of a trouble a red haired leader will take charge” or words to that effect - saying that Winston Churchill did have red hair, his nickname was Copperknob!

25 - Quote - P G Wodehouse

“Red hair, sir, in my opinion, is dangerous.” P.G. Wodehouse, Very Good, Jeeves!


So there you have it all you could ever want to know about red hair - I’d love to hear from fellow red heads, lovers of red heads, fans of red heads, pop a comment below and let me know what you think of these 25 myths and legends!!



36 comments

  1. Gracious. That's a lot of negatives about redheads! Perhaps you should start a movement.

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  2. the only one I've heard about is pain intolerance. I got questions about the sexually active bit. Is your hair supposed to change overnight or something??

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    1. I really don’t know! Some of the things I read are bonkers!!

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  3. Lol "We can't make good butter." Who comes up with this stuff?? I've been dying my hair red for a long time so I'm slightly jealous that you are a natural😁

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    1. I know, it’s crazy! I actually tried to dye my hair a brighter shade of red when I was 15, it didn’t go well!

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  4. My older son is a redhead. He did not get that hair from my side of the family but his father's paternal grandmother was a redhead. That son has a temper, his hair is getting silver in it, and I don't know about the anesthesia. I don't think he has ever had an operation. I do know that he hardly slept for his first year and can still go without sleep if needed.

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    1. I definitely need my sleep, I could sleep for days! My temper was very short when I was younger, it’s getting better as I get older and wiser!

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  5. I think redheads are gorgeous. I always love that Doctor Who asks, "Am I Ginger?" When he regenerates. I was a toe head (blonde) until five then it turned dark in the winter and light in the summer...always streaks of light blood throughout making folks assume I highlighted it or my mum did.

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    1. He does, he or she will get red hair one day! My eldest is a brunette and hers is the same gets golden streaks in the summer.

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  6. LOVE this post. Probably because I'm a redhead, too. :D

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  7. I have heard some of these, but some are new to me (and also ridiculous). We have redheads on the Irish side of the family, and they were teased relentlessly. Fun post!

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    1. They are totally ridiculous!! Yep growing up I heard all the ginger jokes!

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  8. I had a laugh reading through your post, Heather. I love red hair and I as worried when I heard it was becoming extinct. My husband has a thing for redheads, his words, not mine, and so in passing I've thought of dying my hair red, but then no. It wouldn't suit me and if he finds a redhead he'd like better than so be it. Lol! My aunt has flaming red hair so it does run in our family. I'm happy to hear you now appreciate and enjoy your red hair and yay for passing it on! :)

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    1. Oh my goodness! I thought about dying my hair and used one of those apps that change the colour and every other hair colour just looks ridiculous on me. I must ask my husband if he has a thing for redheads! πŸ˜‰

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  9. This is fun, I had no idea about some of these, but the Atlantis one is awesome! :)

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    1. I’d never heard the Atlantis one before, it’s kinda cool!

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  10. Hi Heather! Oooooe, I love that you are descending from cats. Yea!!!

    This was a fun post and I've enjoyed it! I have a little redhead in my class, I am on my way to school and will show her your post. She will love it!

    Have a wonderful day!

    Elza Reads

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    1. Don’t show her the bit about being sexually active! 🀣

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  11. It's crazy to think that some of these are around just because of hair colour!
    I have always had a bit of a thing for red heads. I know I am not alone there though!

    Fun post!

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    1. I know, I’m surprised there are still red heads about since everybody was trying to set us on fire!

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  12. This was so much fun! I'm always jealous of redheads and their gorgeous locks. But as a true blonde, I understand the downside to hair color, too. I get so tired of blonde jokes. ;)

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  13. OMG! This is so funny! All the weird things people would believe! Off though for anesthesia.

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  14. I don't think I've heard of any of those red headed myths before! (Except the temper.)

    My granny was auburn haired. My mum is somewhere in between auburn and strawberry.
    My hair is the most fun: In some light it looks like a chestnut or mahogany brown but in other light it can be described as nothing but some shade of red...copper or auburn are most often used. I'm happy to be considered a red head or a brunette (and it's a source of debate for some reason amongst those that know me, probably because I'm also pale, green-eyed and Scottish and people love a stereotype!) but I typically just call it "coppery brown". :)

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    1. Your hair sounds amazing! I feel a stereotype too apart from my eyebrow and eyes are both dark brown - people think I’ve dyed it!

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  15. These were fun to read, there sure are a lot of myths about redheads. Do people call you Red as nickname? I always see that nickname in books and wonder if that happens in real life too?

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    1. No, I was usually Ginger, Ginge, Carrot never Red, I think I’d have preferred that!

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  16. I was a natural redhead as a kid too and I got Ginger and Carrot Top all the time which really annoyed me! But over the years my hair naturally darkened to a sort of dark brown shade which I certainly prefer! As a student I was always going different colours-blue, purple,cherry red, peroxide...I even put coloured stipes in it for fun!

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    1. I’ve been by people I’ve not seen in ages that my hair is darker but I think it looks the same. I tried a dye kit once but it didn’t end well!

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  17. As a new follower, I really enjoyed this post! My dad had red hair, but none of us kids did. My brother's daughter does, though, and it's gorgeous. My dad turned gray, so that myth is definitely false.

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    1. Thank you! I’m never sure when I deviate away from books whether the posts will be well received! My dad is 72 and he is really going grey now, it’s been a sandy colour for years, bright red before that!

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  18. Wow, I had no idea that redheads had such troubles! Some of these myths are ... interesting. :-)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  19. I was like a mutant in my family. My mother's family is Irish, but they all have black hair, and my father's family is Dutch, French (Canadian), and Native American and they all have black hair, so it can skip quite a few generations. My grandmother said my red hair came from the "dern Scotsman;" her great-grandfather, who was half Scottish, had dark hair, but his beard always grew in red. I was always curious as to where the other gene came from on my father's side, so I asked Annemieke if there are redheads in The Netherlands, and she said yes, quite a few. She has cousins with red hair. Thank goodness I look more like my dad's family, or there might have been rumors. Ha ha. 😯

    I always loved my red hair because here in the US it was seen as a mark of beauty, until the internet came along and all the ginger hate and soul sucking memes started. Was there ginger hate in the UK before social media? It probably came from the Brits. πŸ˜› It was my freckles that hated. 😏

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