The origins of the Anglo-Saxon
name Edrige come from its first bearer, who was a person who was known among other folk as rich and affluent.
The surname Edrige 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. Nickname
surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.
Early Origins of the Edrige family
The surname Edrige 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 Edrige family
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Edrige Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Edrige has been spelled many different ways, including Edridge, Edrick and others.
Early Notables of the Edrige family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Edrige family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Edriges to arrive in North America: John Edridge and his wife Elizabeth who arrived in west New Jersey in 1664.