Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name for a person who held or occupied land inherited by an ancestor instead of acquiring it by means of the Feudal System. The surname Eridge is derived from the Old English word heritage, which in turn comes from the Old French words eritage and heritage. These words are derived from the Late Latin word heritagium, which comes from the word heres, which means heir.
Early Origins of the Eridge family
Oxfordshire, where they held a family seat from very early times.
Early History of the Eridge family
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Eridge 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 Eridge have been found, including Herytage, Heritage, Eritage, Erytage and others.
Early Notables of the Eridge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Eridge family to the New World and Oceana
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 Eridge, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were: Roger Eritage, who sailed to Barbados in 1635; Richard Heritage to New Jersey in 1664; W. Heritage to San Francisco, Cal. in 1850 and Mary Houlihan Heritage to Nova Scotia in 1838..
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