Eldridge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The rich and ancient history of the Eldridge family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from the Old English name Aelfric, which literally means "elf-ruler" or Aeoelric which means "noble ruler." Both survived the Conquest, by which time the first element of the name had been reduced to "Al" or "El." Aeflric, Aefric, Alfric, Aluric [1] was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 in one form or the other. [2]

Early Origins of the Eldridge family

The surname Eldridge was first found in Suffolk where one of the first records of the name found there was Hugo Aeflic filius c. 1095. In 1209, Ricardus Alurici was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Worcestershire. Continuing through early census records, William Alfric was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of 1212 in Berkshire, William Alfrich was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1296 and finally, John Alfryg was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Somerset in 1327. [2]

Important Dates for the Eldridge family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eldridge research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1500 and 1560 are included under the topic Early Eldridge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Eldridge 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 Eldridge have been found, including Elrich, Elritch, Eldrich, Eldrick, Eldred, Eldrid, Eldridg, Eldredge, Eldridge and many more.

Early Notables of the Eldridge family (pre 1700)

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Eldridge migration to the United States

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 for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Eldridge, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Eldridge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jonathon Eldridge, who settled in New Jersey in 1678
Eldridge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Eldridge, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1766
  • Thomas Eldridge, who settled in Baltimore Maryland in 1775
Eldridge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Captain Eldridge, who settled in San Francisco, California in 1850

Eldridge migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Eldridge Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mrs. Rebeccah Eldridge U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Penobscot Association [3]
Eldridge Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Eldridge, who settled in Joe Batts Arm, Newfoundland in 1817 [4]

Eldridge migration to Australia

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

Eldridge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Eliza Eldridge, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1838 [5]
  • John Eldridge, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1838 [5]
  • Daniel Eldridge, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1838 [5]
  • David Eldridge, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1838 [5]
  • Ellen Eldridge, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1838 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Eldridge migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Eldridge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Maria Eldridge, (b. 1845), aged 22, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship " Lancashire Witch" sailing to Auckland and Lyttelton, New Zealand on 29th July 1867 [6]
  • James Eldridge, aged 33, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Eldridge (post 1700)

  • William Brody Eldridge (b. 1987), American NFL football tight end for the Chicago Bears
  • David Roy Eldridge (1911-1989), nicknamed "Little Jazz", an American jazz trumpet player
  • Roy David "Little Jazz" Eldridge (1911-1989), American jazz trumpet player
  • James B. "Jamie" Eldridge (b. 1973), American politician, Massachusetts state senator
  • George H. Eldridge (1844-1918), American soldier, recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Clarence Eldridge (1888-1981), American Major League Baseball umpire
  • Charles W. Eldridge (1877-1922), American Mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts
  • Lieutenant Commander John Eldridge Jr. (1903-1942), American Navy officer who received the Navy Cross posthumously, eponym of the USS Eldridge (DE-173)
  • Charles Eldridge, American politician, Rhode Island Presidential Elector for Rhode Island, 1824, 1828 [7]
  • Barnabas Eldridge, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Schoharie County, 1820-21 [7]
  • ... (Another 40 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Eldridge family

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Bertie D M Eldridge (b. 1917), English Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Newport, Isle of Wight, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [8]

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Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HENY PORCHER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838HenryPorcher.htm
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
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