Claridge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. [1] 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 name may also have originally been from Normandy as the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae lists Muriel de la Clergesse, Normandy, 1198. [2]

Early Origins of the Claridge family

The surname Claridge was first found in Cambridgeshire where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 has two entries for the same individual with two different spellings: Henry serviens Claricie, Cambridgeshire; and Henry serviens Clarugge, Cambridgeshire. [1]

Early History of the Claridge family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Claridge research. Another 38 words (3 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.

Claridge Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Claridge family (pre 1700)

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 noted in his letter to Charles II telling him that "he chose to send Mr. Clarges to...
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Ireland Migration of the Claridge family to Ireland

Some of the Claridge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 34 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Claridge migration to the United States +

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
  • Samuel Claridge, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682 [3]
Claridge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ambrose Claridge, who landed in New England in 1718 [3]
Claridge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Claridge, who arrived in America in 1801 [3]
  • Esther Claridge who settled in Philadelphia in 1820 with James, Joseph, Phillip, and Samuel

Australia Claridge migration to Australia +

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

Claridge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Claridge, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Susannah" in 1849 [4]
  • Mr. James Claridge, (b. 1827), aged 23, English clerk who was convicted in Coventry, England for 10 years for felony, transported aboard the ""Blenheim"" on 24th July 1850, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) and Norfolk Island, Australia, he died in 1880 [5]
  • Alfred Claridge, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Condor" in 1851 [6]

New Zealand Claridge 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:

Claridge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Josiah Claridge, aged 28, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Mary Claridge, aged 25, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Charles Claridge, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • John Claridge, aged 35, a shoemaker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • Rebecca Claridge, aged 32, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Claridge (post 1700) +

  • Dennis Bert Claridge (1941-2018), American NFL quarterback for the Green Bay Packers (1964-1965) and Atlanta Falcons (1966)
  • Shaaron Claridge, American police radio dispatcher at the Van Nuys Division of the Los Angeles Police Department, best known for her voice work on the Adam-12 television series
  • Christie Ellen Claridge, American beauty queen and model, Miss International 1982, known for her roles in Gotcha! (1985), Beverly Hills Madam (1986) and Hunter (1984)
  • Travis Claridge (1978-2006), American football offensive lineman who played for the Atlanta Falcons (2000-2003) and for the Carolina Panthers in 2004
  • Ryan Quinlan Claridge (b. 1981), former American NFL linebacker who played for the New England Patriots in the 2005 season
  • Laura Claridge (b. 1952), American author
  • Stephen Edward "Steve" Claridge (b. 1966), English football player and coach, currently a pundit for BBC Sport football shows Football Focus and The Football League Show
  • Mr and Mrs Claridge, English hoteliers who bought Mivart's Hotel, London in 1854 and renamed it Claridge's, now a five-star hotel which is often referred to as an "annexe to Buckingham Palace"
  • George Claridge (1794-1856), English amateur cricketer who played first-class cricket from 1818 to 1829
  • Captain Richard Tappin Claridge FSA (1797-1857), English asphalt contractor and captain in the Middlesex Militia, best known for his prominent promotion of hydropathy, now known as hydrotherapy, in the 1840s
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  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)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SUSANNAH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Susannah.htm
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blenheim
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONDOR 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Condor.htm


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