Baldridge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Baldridge family
The surname Baldridge was first found in Northumberland where the first on record was Saint Baldred or Balthere (d. 608?), a "Northumbrian anchorite of the sixth century, the details of whose life are entirely mythical. He is said to have been suffragan of Kentigern of Glasgow, but all the localities connected with his cultus are in Lothian. Baldred was one of the island saints more common in Celtic than in English hagiology. Baldred's feast-day is 6 March. Another Baldred, or Baltherus, who was a hermit of Durham, flourished about a century later, and after such miracles as walking on the sea died in 756. " 
Further to the south, Baldred ( fl. 823-825), was King of Kent, during the dissensions which weakened Mercia after the death of Cenwulf, endeavoured to make Kent independent of that kingdom.
Many years later, Baldred, decanus Laodonie, c. 1235 was listed and "Master Baldred (Bisset) le Scot, one of the commissioners sent to Rome to plead the cause of the independence of Scotland before the Pope, coming from beyond seas to Stirling Castle, had a safe conduct through England in 1306. "  There was an early Latin entry before this point: "Boldredus, official domini Sanctiandree, 1282 ."
Early History of the Baldridge family
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Baldridge Spelling Variations
Although the name, Baldridge, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Baldrick, Baldred, Baldridge, Balrich, Baldrey and many more.
Early Notables of the Baldridge family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Thomas Baldry (c.1481-1524), English politician, Member of Parliament for Ipswich in 1504, 1512 and 1515; Edmund Boldero (1608-1679), an English royalist clergyman and academic, Master of Jesus College, Cambridge from...
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Migration of the Baldridge family to Ireland
Some of the Baldridge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Baldridge migration to the United States +
Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Baldridge family name Baldridge, or who bore a variation of the surname were
Baldridge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- James Baldridge who settled in Maryland in 1634
- Thomas Baldridge, who settled in Maryland in 1634
- James Baldridge, who landed in Maryland in 1634 
- Thames Baldridge, who arrived in Maryland in 1634 
- Thomas Baldridge, who arrived in Maryland in 1637 
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Baldridge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- William Baldridge, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745 
Contemporary Notables of the name Baldridge (post 1700) +
- H. Clarence Baldridge (1868-1947), American Republican politician, Member of Idaho State Senate, 1913-1915; Lieutenant Governor of Idaho, 1923-1927; 14th Governor of Idaho, 1927-1931 
- Kenneth Ferguson Baldridge (1886-1971), American politician, newspaper editor and publisher, candidate for U.S. Representative from Iowa 5th District, 1936
- Kyley Baldridge, American actor, known for his work in Mr. Woodcock (2007), Phys Ed Trauma Tales (2008) and Pick Up the Pace: Making 'Mr. Woodcock' (2008)
- Bert Baldridge (1889-1949), American cinematographer, known for his work in the 1920s and 1930s
- Orvel Baldridge, American actor, known for his work on Where the Red Fern Grows (2003), The Cherokee Word for Water (2013) and The Doe Boy (2001)
- Tony Baldridge, American visual effects specialist, known for his work on Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Green Lantern
- Daniel Baldridge (b. 1985), American football offensive tackle
- Jim Baldridge, former American newscaster who anchored Dayton Air Show broadcasts for 26 years from 1975
- Cyrus Leroy Baldridge (1889-1977), American artist, illustrator, author and adventurer
- Joseph C. Baldridge (b. 1848), American politician, Mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1895-97 
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Suggested Readings for the name Baldridge +
- 4853 "Our Baldridge Forebears and Some of Their Collateral Lines" by Chester C. Kennedy.
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
- ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html