The generations and branches of the Ethritch family share a name that has its roots in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. The name Ethritch comes from the name Aldrich. The surname Ethritch originally derived from the Old English word aeoelric
, which later became the name Aldrich
Early Origins of the Ethritch family
The surname Ethritch 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.
Early History of the Ethritch family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ethritch 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 Ethritch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ethritch Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Ethritch include Etheridge, Etheredge, Etherege, Etherige, Ettridge, Etridge, Attridge and many more.
Early Notables of the Ethritch 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; and Sir George Etherege (c.1636-1692), born in Maidenhead... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ethritch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ethritch family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ethritch or a variant listed above: Henry Etheridge who settled in Virginia in 1654; Sarah Etheridge who settled in New England
in 1773; Thomas Etheridge settled in Maryland in 1722. From these settlers was descended the distinguished family of the U.S.A. as recorded in Burke's..