Atherege History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Anglo-Saxon name Atherege comes from the name Aldrich. The surname Atherege originally derived from the Old English word aeoelric, which later became the name Aldrich. Literally the name means "noble ruler." 
Early Origins of the Atherege family
The surname Atherege was first found in Berkshire, where this first of the family, Aethericus was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086.  The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Jacobus Atteriche as holding lands there at that time. 
Early History of the Atherege family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Atherege research. Another 80 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1524, 1773, 1786, 1588, 1534, 1636, 1692, 1664, 1668 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Atherege History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Atherege Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Atherege has appeared include Etheridge, Etheredge, Etherege, Etherige, Ettridge, Etridge, Attridge and many more.
Early Notables of the Atherege family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir James Etheridge; George Etherege or Ethrygg (in Latin Edrycus) (fl. 1588), an English classical scholar and physician. He was born at Thame, Oxfordshire, was admitted a scholar of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, 11 Nov. 1534, being placed under...
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Migration of the Atherege family
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Atherege arrived in North America very early: Henry Etheridge who settled in Virginia in 1654; Sarah Etheridge who settled in New England in 1773; Thomas Etheridge settled in Maryland in 1722. From these settlers was descended the distinguished family of the U.S.A. as recorded in Burke's..
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- Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)