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

The name Ryerson came to England with the ancestors of the Ryerson family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Ryerson family lived in Sussex. Their name however, is a topographical reference indicating that the original bearer of the name lived near to a field of rye, and was distinguished by this proximity.

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Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Rye, Rie, Ries, Ryse, Rise and others.

First found in Sussex where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ryerson research. Another 220 words(16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ryerson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Ryerson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Ryerson or a variant listed above:

Ryerson Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Marten Ryerson, who landed in Long Island in 1647
  • Ryerse Ryerson, who arrived in New York, NY in 1663

Ryerson Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • A. Ryerson, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1892
  • E. J. Ryerson, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1892
  • Arthur Ryerson, aged 41, who landed in America from London, in 1892
  • George Herling Ryerson, aged 42, who settled in America, in 1896

Ryerson Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Edward J. Ryerson, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Ellen Ryerson, aged 13, who emigrated to America, in 1908
  • Emily Ryerson, aged 14, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Carrie Ryerson, aged 50, who settled in Chicago, in 1909
  • Anna Ryerson, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1910


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  • Master John Borie "Jack" Ryerson, aged 13, American First Class passenger from Cooperstown, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 4
  • Miss Emily Borie Ryerson, aged 18, American First Class passenger from Cooperstown, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 4
  • Miss Susan Parker "Suzette" Ryerson, aged 21, American First Class passenger from Cooperstown, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 4
  • Mr. Arthur Larned Ryerson (d. 1912), aged 61, American First Class passenger from Cooperstown, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Emily Maria Ryerson (1863-1939), (née Borie), aged 48, American First Class passenger from Cooperstown, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 4
  • Ali Ryerson (b. 1952), American classical and jazz flautist
  • Art Ryerson (1913-2004), American jazz guitarist, known for his 1953 recording of "Crazy Man, Crazy" with Bill Haley
  • Florence Ryerson (1892-1965), American playwright and screenwriter, best known as the co-author of the script for the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz
  • Frank L. Ryerson (1905-1995), American trumpeter, composer, arranger and educator, best known as the co-writer of the Jimmy Dorsey hit "Blue Champagne"
  • Gary Ryerson (b. 1948), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1972 to 1973 for the Milwaukee Brewers

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The Ryerson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ryerson 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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