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Where did the English Ryding family come from? What is the English Ryding family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ryding family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ryding family history?Ryding is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Ryding family once lived in the village of Reading found in the county of Berkshire. The surname Ryding 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.
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Ryding family name include 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 Ryding 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 Ryding History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 65 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ryding Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Ryding surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Ryding 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 Ryding Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ryding 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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