This page follows on quite neatly from my Medieval Heresy page and touches on some similar themes. I might as well start with the juicy stuff and get straight into vampires. There are legends that link vampires with both red hair and Judas. It's said that Judas became the first vampire when he committed suicide following his betrayal of Christ. The thirty pieces of silver he received for this betrayal then becoming a weapon that could be used against him, burning his skin with its touch.
Are redheads going extinct?
79 Fire Nicknames for Redheads — Find Nicknames
Are you a redhead? Are you one of those special people whose hair ranges from pale strawberry blonde, through fiery red, to light auburn and chestnut? However, following the importation of oranges, the color orange was adopted, but too late for redheads! Even if neither of them has red hair themselves, there is still a one in four probability of them producing a lovely little redhead. Red hair appears in all races, even in African and Chinese people.
Why Surgeons Dread Redheads
One of the oft-cited illogical characteristics of the English language is why we say "redhead" to describe people who look like Elizabeth the First, Christina Hendricks, or Anne of Green Gables. Any logical comparison of colors would conclude that their hair is much closer in color to orange things like carrots and pumpkins than to red things like strawberries and tomatoes. Etymology to the rescue!
Hoary stereotypes, such as the idea that redheads are also hot heads, are mixed together with actual physiological differences — such as a heightened sensitivity to pain. Now science is getting a better understanding of redheaded physiology than ever before. In numerical terms, people with red hair are a decided minority.