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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.
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.
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.
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.
Another 257 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Claridge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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
Claridge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Ambrose Claridge, who landed in New England in 1718
Claridge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Claridge, who arrived in America in 1801
- Esther Claridge who settled in Philadelphia in 1820 with James, Joseph, Phillip, and Samuel
Claridge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- James Claridge arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Susannah" in 1849
- Alfred Claridge arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Condor" in 1851
Claridge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Josiah Claridge, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
- Mary Claridge, aged 25, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
- Charles Claridge, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
- John Claridge, aged 35, a shoemaker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
- Rebecca Claridge, aged 32, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
- 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
- Dennis Bert Claridge (b. 1941), American NFL football quarterback for the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons (1965-1966)
- Laura Claridge (b. 1952), American author
- 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
- Stephen Edward "Steve" Claridge (b. 1966), English football player and coach, currently a pundit for BBC Sport football shows Football Focus and the The Football League Show
- 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
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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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