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Where did the English Claridge family come from? What is the English Claridge family crest and coat of arms? When did the Claridge family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Claridge family history?

The name Claridge has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon name that was originally derived from the given name Clarice, a very popular personal name during the Middle Ages. This name is of metronymic origin. In this case the original bearer of the surname was the mother, whose children were named after her first name.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Claridge include Claridge, Clarridge, Clarges, Clargeis, Claredge, Clarredge, Claradge, Clarradge, Claridges, Clarridges, Claredges and many more.

First found in London where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Claridge research. Another 77 words(6 lines of text) covering the years 1618, 1695, 1656, 1660, 1653, 1705, 1728 and 1780 are included under the topic Early Claridge History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 257 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Claridge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Claridge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 57 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Claridge Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Samuel Claridge, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682

Claridge Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Ambrose Claridge, who landed in New England in 1718

Claridge Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Claridge, who arrived in America in 1801
  • Esther Claridge who settled in Philadelphia in 1820 with James, Joseph, Phillip, and Samuel

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  • Travis Claridge (1978-2006), American football offensive lineman
  • Dennis Bert Claridge (b. 1941), former American football quarterback
  • Laura Claridge (b. 1952), American author
  • Ryan Quinlan Claridge (b. 1981), former American NFL linebacker
  • Stephen Edward Claridge (b. 1966), English football player
  • Captain Richard Tappin Claridge (1797-1857), prominent English asphalt contractor and captain in the Middlesex Militia
  • Spencer Claridge (b. 1972), British television personality
  • Gordon Sidney Claridge, British psychologist and author
  • Michael Frederick Claridge (b. 1934), British entomologist


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  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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The Claridge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Claridge Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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