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The name Burridge is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of the Britain and comes from the Old English name Burgric, which means powerful fortress.

Early Origins of the Burridge family

The surname Burridge was first found in Suffolk. Burridge is a small village in the south of Hampshire, but one must remember that this local was formerly known as Caiger's Green.

Early History of the Burridge family

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Burridge Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Burridge has been spelled many different ways, including Burridge, Burrich, Burrage, Burrige and others.

Early Notables of the Burridge family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • Burridge of Bromfield

United States Burridge migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Burridges to arrive in North America:

Burridge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Burridge, who settled in Potomack, Maryland in 1743
  • Edward and John Burridge, who settled in Maryland in 1772
Burridge Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mrs. Annie Burridge, (b. 1883), aged 22, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "St Paul" arriving at Ellis Island, New York in 1905 en route to Trimountain, Michigan, USA [1]

Canada Burridge migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Burridge Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

Australia Burridge migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Burridge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Burridge, (Bowdidge), British convict who was convicted in Jersey for 7 years, transported aboard the "David Malcolm" on 13th May 1845, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) and Norfolk Island [3]
  • James Burridge, aged 42, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Mary Green" [4]
  • Isaac Burridge, aged 27, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle" [5]
  • Esther Burridge, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle" [5]
  • Robert Burridge (aged 41), a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Eliza"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Burridge migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Burridge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Mark Burridge, (b. 1847), aged 19, British labourer travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 5th January 1867 [6]
  • Emma Burridge, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Edinburgh" in 1873

West Indies Burridge migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [7]
Burridge Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Richard Burridge who settled in Jamaica in 1654
  • Robert and Thomas Burridge, who settled in Barbados in 1685

Contemporary Notables of the name Burridge (post 1700) +

  • Mrs. G. O. Burridge, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wyoming, 1952 [8]
  • Esther Wyss Burridge, American Republican politician, Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1949 [8]
  • A. Lewis Burridge, American Republican politician, Engineer; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1932 [8]
  • Richard Burridge (b. 1951), English film screenwriter and author
  • Air Chief Marshal Sir Brian Kevin Burridge KCB, CBE, ADC, FCMI, FRAeS (b. 1949), retired Royal Air Force officer
  • Geoffrey Burridge (1949-1987), English actor, best known for his role as Mark Proctor in early episodes of Emmerdale Farm
  • John "Budgie" Burridge (b. 1951), former English football goalkeeper
  • Alan Burridge (b. 1938), English cricketer
  • Tom Eustace Burridge (1881-1965), British gold medalist footballer at the 1900 Summer Olympics
  • Pam Burridge (b. 1965), Australian surfer, inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1995
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  5. South Australian Register Tuesday 26th June 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Taymouth Castle 1855. Retrieved
  6. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  8. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 11) . Retrieved from on Facebook