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The name Etheridge was spawned by the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture that ruled a majority of Britain. It comes from the name Aldrich. The surname Etheridge originally derived from the Old English word aeoelric, which later became the name Aldrich.

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The surname Etheridge was first found in Berkshire, 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.

Etheridge has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Etheridge, Etheredge, Etherege, Etherige, Ettridge, Etridge, Attridge and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Etheridge research. Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1588, 1636, 1692, 1664, 1668 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Etheridge History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Etheridges to arrive on North American shores:

Etheridge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Hen Etheridge, who landed in Virginia in 1654
  • Henry Etheridge who settled in Virginia in 1654

Etheridge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Thomas Etheridge settled in Maryland in 1722
  • Sarah Etheridge who settled in New England in 1773

Etheridge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Henry E Etheridge, aged 37, who emigrated to the United States from Reading, in 1892

Etheridge Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Henry Horatio Etheridge, aged 52, who landed in America from London, in 1906
  • Alice Etheridge, aged 26, who settled in America from Hampshire, in 1906
  • Evelyn Etheridge, aged 3, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Hannah Etheridge, aged 48, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Fred Etheridge, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1910


Etheridge Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • Clara E. Etheridge, aged 46, who settled in Lloydminster, Canada, in 1913

Etheridge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Etheridge arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1838
  • G. Etheridge arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indian" in 1849
  • George Etheridge, aged 21, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Indian"

Etheridge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James B. Etheridge arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blue Jacket" in 1865
  • Annie Etheridge, aged 18, a servant, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Queen of the North" in 1874

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  • Lamar Etheridge (1941-2015), American Major League Baseball third baseman who played from 1967 to 1969 for the New York Giants
  • Bobby Lamar Etheridge (b. 1942), former American professional baseball third baseman
  • Lorinda Anna "Annie" Blair Etheridge (1839-1913), Union nurse and vivandière who served during the American Civil War
  • Bobby Ray "Bob" Etheridge (b. 1941), American politician, former U.S. Representative for North Carolina
  • J. C. Etheridge, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from South Carolina 7th District, 1922
  • Henry Emerson Etheridge (1819-1902), American politician, Representative from Tennessee 9th District, 1853-57, 1859-61
  • Frank W. Etheridge, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Thomaston; Elected 1910
  • Fay Etheridge, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1928
  • Bobby R. Etheridge (b. 1941), American Democrat politician, Harnett County Commissioner, 1972-76; Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives, 1978-88
  • Augustus Holly Etheridge (1860-1941), American Democrat politician, Dare County Sheriff, 1899-1906, 1910-12; Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Dare County, 1913-16

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  • Ten Generations of the Etheredge-Etheridge-Ethridge Family in America by Fae Alice Etheredge.
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  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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  10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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The Etheridge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Etheridge 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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