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Where did the English Ridding family come from? What is the English Ridding family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ridding family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ridding family history?The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Ridding come from when the family resided in the village of Reading found in the county of Berkshire. The surname Ridding is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. In this case the surname was originally derived from the Old English word rydding which simply refers to an area that has been cleared.
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Ridding has been recorded under many different variations, including Reading, Reding, Redding, Reddin and others.
First found in Sussex where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ridding research. Another 169 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1588, 1667, 1645, 1692, 1674, 1677, 1686 and 1767 are included under the topic Early Ridding History in all our PDF Extended History products.
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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Ridding or a variant listed above:
Ridding Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Dieu defende la droit
Motto Translation: God defends the right.
The Ridding Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ridding 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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