Edrick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient history of the name Edrick dates back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name given to a person who was known among other folk as rich and affluent. The surname Edrick 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 Edrick family

The surname Edrick 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 Edrick family

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Edrick Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Edrick include Edridge, Edrick and others.

Early Notables of the Edrick family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Edrick family

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Edrick or a variant listed above: John Edridge and his wife Elizabeth who arrived in west New Jersey in 1664.

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

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