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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. Literally the name means "noble ruler." [1]

Early Origins of the Etheridge family

The surname Etheridge was first found in Berkshire, where this first of the family, Aethericus was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. [2] The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Jacobus Atteriche as holding lands there at that time. [3]

Early History of the Etheridge family

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Etheridge Spelling Variations

Etheridge has been spelled many different ways. 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. Many variations of the name Etheridge have been found, including Etheridge, Etheredge, Etherege, Etherige, Ettridge, Etridge, Attridge and many more.

Early Notables of the Etheridge family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir James Etheridge; George Etherege or Ethrygg (in Latin Edrycus) (fl. 1588), an English classical scholar and physician. He was born at Thame, Oxfordshire, was admitted a scholar of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, 11 Nov. 1534, being placed under...
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Etheridge Ranking

In the United States, the name Etheridge is the 2,287th most popular surname with an estimated 12,435 people with that name. [4]

United States Etheridge migration to the United States +

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 [5]
  • Henry Etheridge who settled in Virginia in 1654
Etheridge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Etheridge, who 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 immigrated 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 immigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Hannah Etheridge, aged 48, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Fred Etheridge, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1910
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Canada Etheridge migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Etheridge Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Clara E. Etheridge, aged 46, who settled in Lloydminster, Canada, in 1913

Australia Etheridge migration to Australia +

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

Etheridge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Etheridge, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1838 [6]
  • G. Etheridge, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indian" in 1849 [7]
  • George Etheridge, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Indian" [7]

New Zealand Etheridge 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:

Etheridge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Anthony Etheridge, (b. 1822), aged 20, British farmer travelling from London and Plymouth aboard the ship "Thomas Sparks" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 31st January 1843, the ship stuck rocks of the coast of Cape of Good Hope delaying her landing by 2 months [8]
  • James B. Etheridge, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blue Jacket" in 1865
  • Annie Etheridge, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Queen of the North" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Etheridge (post 1700) +

  • 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
  • Melissa Lou Etheridge (b. 1961), American Academy Award-winning and two-time Grammy Award-winning American rock singer-songwriter and musician
  • J. C. Etheridge, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from South Carolina 7th District, 1922 [9]
  • Henry Emerson Etheridge (1819-1902), American politician, Representative from Tennessee 9th District, 1853-57, 1859-61 [9]
  • Frank W. Etheridge, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Thomaston; Elected 1910 [9]
  • Fay Etheridge, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1928 [9]
  • Bobby R. Etheridge (b. 1941), American Democratic Party politician, Harnett County Commissioner, 1972-76; Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives, 1978-88 [9]
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Suggested Readings for the name Etheridge +

  • Ten Generations of the Etheredge-Etheridge-Ethridge Family in America by Fae Alice Etheredge.

  1. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HENY PORCHER 1838. Retrieved from
  7. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The INDIAN 1849. Retrieved from
  8. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  9. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from on Facebook