Dandridge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Dandridge family

The surname Dandridge was first found in Tandridge, Surrey, a parish in the union of Godstone, first division of the hundred of Tandridge. [1] [2] [3] An ancient Saxon village, it was first recorded c. 965 as Tenhric, but by the Domesday Book of 1086, it was known as Tenrige. The name is derived from the Old English "hrycg" meaning "ridge, hill." [4]

Another source claims the name was from Danebridge; a location name in Cheshire. [5] Dane-Bridge is an ecclesiastical parish, partly in the parish of Davenham, and partly in the parochial chapelry of Witton. [1]

Early History of the Dandridge family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dandridge research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1691, 1750, 1665, 1747 and 1710 are included under the topic Early Dandridge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dandridge Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dandridge, Tandridge, Tanbridge, Danbridge and many more.

Early Notables of the Dandridge family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Bartholomew Dandridge (1691-1750) English portrait painter whose portrait of Nathaniel Hooke, the historian, is in the National Portrait Gallery. [6] Joseph Dandridge (1665-1747)...
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United States Dandridge migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dandridge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Wm. Dandridge, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States from Oxford, in 1893
  • Grace Dandridge, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1895
Dandridge Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Charles Dandridge, aged 53, who landed in America from Burraton, England, in 1907
  • Flo. Dandridge, who immigrated to America, in 1909
  • Annie Dandridge, aged 35, who arrived at Washington, D.C., in 1922

Australia Dandridge migration to Australia +

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

Dandridge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary J. Dandridge, aged 17, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nabob"

Contemporary Notables of the name Dandridge (post 1700) +

  • Merle Dandridge (b. 1975), American award winning voice actress and singer, known for her work on The Last of Us (2013), Half-Life 2 (2004) and Half-Life 2: Episode Two (2007)
  • Caroline "Danske" Dandridge (1854-1914), American poet, historian and garden writer
  • Bartholomew Dandridge (1737-1785), American lawyer, jurist, and planter
  • Louis "Putney" Dandridge (1902-1946), American bandleader, jazz pianist and vocalist
  • Colonel John Dandridge (1700-1756), American planter, and Clerk of the Courts of New Kent County, Virginia (1730 to 1756), father of first First Lady of the United States Martha Washington
  • Vivian Alferetta Dandridge (1921-1991), American singer and actress
  • Raymond Emmitt Dandridge (1913-1994), American third baseman, inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame (1987)
  • Ruby Dandridge (1900-1987), born Ruby Jean Butler, an American actress, best known for her radio work
  • Dorothy Jean Dandridge (1922-1965), American actress and popular singer, the first African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress
  • Robert L. "Bob" Dandridge (b. 1947), retired American professional NBA basketball player


The Dandridge Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: In adversis etiam fide
Motto Translation: In adversity, the faith


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  5. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  6. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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