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Where did the English Eldridge family come from? What is the English Eldridge family crest and coat of arms? When did the Eldridge family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Eldridge family history?

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 dates back to the time of the Norman Conquest of 1066.


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.

First found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from ancient times some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eldridge research. Another 311 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1500 and 1560 are included under the topic Early Eldridge History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Eldridge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 settled in New Jersey in 1678

Eldridge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Eldridge settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1766
  • Thomas Eldridge settled in Baltimore Maryland in 1775

Eldridge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Captain Eldridge settled in San Francisco, California in 1850

Eldridge Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mrs. Rebeccah Eldridge U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was part of the Penobscot Association

Eldridge Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Eldridge settled in Joe Batts Arm, Newfoundland in 1817

Eldridge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Eliza Eldridge arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1838
  • John Eldridge arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1838
  • Daniel Eldridge arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1838
  • David Eldridge arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1838
  • Ellen Eldridge arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1838

Eldridge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Eldridge, aged 33, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874


  • Lieutenant Commander John Eldridge Jr. (1903-1942), American Navy officer who received the Navy Cross posthumously, eponym of the USS Eldridge (DE-173)
  • Charles W. Eldridge (1877-1922), American Mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts
  • Clarence Eldridge (1888-1981), American Major League Baseball umpire
  • George H. Eldridge (1844-1918), American soldier, recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • James B. "Jamie" Eldridge (b. 1973), American politician, Massachusetts state senator
  • Roy David "Little Jazz" Eldridge (1911-1989), American jazz trumpet player
  • David Roy Eldridge (1911-1989), nicknamed "Little Jazz", an American jazz trumpet player
  • William Brody Eldridge (b. 1987), American NFL football tight end for the Chicago Bears
  • David Eldridge (b. 1973), English dramatist
  • Eric William Eldridge CB, OBE,, Consultant with Lee and Pemberton, solicitors



  • The Ancestry of Marlen Eldredge (also Eldridge) by Mark Eldredge.
  • The Family of Clyde Mulford Eldridge and Other Descendants of William Eldred of Yarmouth by Luella Eldridge.

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  1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Eldridge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Eldridge Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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