Edrich History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Edrich is of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name for a person who was known among other folk as rich and affluent. The surname Edrich originally derived from the Old English word Eadric which referred to wealth and power. This surname comes from a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames.

Edric or Eadric Streona (died 1017) was Ealdorman of the Mercians. He was "perhaps the Eadric whom Archbishop Oswald describes as his thegn in a charter of 988, and to whom he grants land belonging to the church of Worcester. The name Streona is usually held to be a nickname derived from Eadric's greediness after wealth, and to signify the 'Gainer' or 'Grasper.' " [1]

His brother Edric or Eadric ( fl. 1067) called the Wild was a powerful thegn, who in the time of Eadward the Confessor held lands in Herefordshire and Shropshire. [1]

Early Origins of the Edrich family

The surname Edrich was first found in Wiltshire 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.

Early History of the Edrich family

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Edrich Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Edrich have been found, including Edridge, Edrick and others.

Early Notables of the Edrich family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Edrich family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become powerful new nations. Among early immigrants of the Edrich surname to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were: John Edridge and his wife Elizabeth who arrived in west New Jersey in 1664.


Contemporary Notables of the name Edrich (post 1700) +

  • John Hugh Edrich MBE (1937-2020), English first-class cricketer from Blofield, Norfolk
  • William John Edrich (1916-1986), English cricket player


  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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