Attridge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Anglo-Saxon name Attridge comes from the name Aldrich. The surname Attridge originally derived from the Old English word aeoelric, which later became the name Aldrich. Literally the name means "noble ruler." 
Early Origins of the Attridge family
The surname Attridge 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 Attridge family
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Attridge Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Attridge were recorded, including Etheridge, Etheredge, Etherege, Etherige, Ettridge, Etridge, Attridge and many more.
Early Notables of the Attridge 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...
Migration of the Attridge family
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Attridge family emigrate to North America: 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..