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

The Anglo-Saxon name Ethridge comes from the name Aldrich. The surname Ethridge originally derived from the Old English word aeoelric, which later became the name Aldrich.

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One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Ethridge has appeared include Etheridge, Etheredge, Etherege, Etherige, Ettridge, Etridge, Attridge and many more.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ethridge 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 Ethridge History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 119 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ethridge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Ethridge arrived in North America very early:

Ethridge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • William Ethridge, who landed in Virginia in 1677

Ethridge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Geo. Ethridge, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1893

Ethridge Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • John Ethridge, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1904
  • Sarah Jane Ethridge, aged 32, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1904
  • Mrs. J. M Ethridge, aged 49, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Dorothy Ethridge, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Minnie J Ethridge, aged 51, who emigrated to America, in 1912


Ethridge Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • George Ethridge, aged 23, who emigrated to Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, in 1917

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  • John Christopher "Chris" Ethridge (b. 1947), American country rock bass guitarist
  • Kamie Ethridge (b. 1964), former American basketball player and current basketball coach
  • Joe Ethridge, former American player in the National Football League
  • Benjamin Kane Ethridge (b. 1977), American author, awarded the Bram Stoker Award Superior Achievement in First Novel in 2010
  • Kamie Ethridge (b. 1964), American four-time gold medalist basketball player and current basketball coach, inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002
  • Roe Ethridge (b. 1969), American postmodernist commercial and art photographer
  • Mark Ethridge (b. 1949), American novelist, screenwriter, and the president of Carolina Parenting, Inc


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The Ethridge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ethridge 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.

This page was last modified on 7 February 2015 at 20:21.

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