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The name Claridge has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon name that was originally derived from the given name Clarice, a very popular personal name during the Middle Ages. This name is of metronymic origin. In this case the original bearer of the surname was the mother, whose children were named after her first name.
The surname Claridge was first found in London where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Claridge include Claridge, Clarridge, Clarges, Clargeis, Claredge, Clarredge, Claradge, Clarradge, Claridges, Clarridges, Claredges and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Claridge research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1618, 1695, 1656, 1660, 1653, 1705, 1728 and 1780 are included under the topic Early Claridge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Thomas Clarges (c 1618-1695), an English politician, Member of Parliament for the Sheriffdoms of Ross, Sutherland, and Cromarty in 1656, Member of Parliament for Westminster in 1660, he was a important messenger between Richard Cromwell and Charles II. George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle...
Another 84 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Claridge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the Claridge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Claridge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Claridge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Claridge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Claridge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Claridge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Claridge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Claridge 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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