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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  was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 in one form or the other. 
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 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. 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eldridge research. Another 273 words (20 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
- 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
- Charles Eldridge, American politician, Rhode Island Presidential Elector for Rhode Island, 1824, 1828
- Barnabas Eldridge, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Schoharie County, 1820-21
- Ariel Eldridge, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Willington, 1837
- 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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- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
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- Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
- Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
- Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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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