Herridge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The origins of the name Herridge are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the Old Danish and Old Swedish name Erik and the Old Norse name Eiríkr. Many Scandinavian personal names were left in the British Isles as a legacy of the Viking raids which plagued the coastal regions of Britain from the 8th to 10th centuries, and many of these eventually became Anglo-Saxon surnames.
Early Origins of the Herridge family
The surname Herridge was first found in Leicestershire. The name was listed as Eiric, Eric, and Erish in the Domesday Book of 1086.  John Eirich was the first listing of the family in Leicestershire in 1211. 
"There is a tradition that the most ancient family of the Ericks derive lineage from Erick the Forester, a great commander, who raised an army to oppose the invasion of William the Conqueror, by whom he was vanquished, but afterwards employed to command that prince's forces, and in old age retired to his house in Leicestershire, where his family hath continued ever since." 
Early History of the Herridge family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herridge research. Another 97 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1450, 1557, 1753, 1591, 1674, 1591, 1592, 1694, 1600, 1667, 1600, 1658, 1695, 1685, 1686, 1600, 1667 and 1600 are included under the topic Early Herridge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Herridge Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Herridge family name include Herrick, Herricke and others.
Early Notables of the Herridge family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Robert Herrick (1591-1674), and English poet, the fourth son of Nicholas Herrick, a goldsmith in Cheapside, by his wife Julian Stone who was baptised at the church of St. Vedast, Foster Lane, on 24 August 1591. He who wrote over 2,500 poems. His father, who came of an ancient Leicestershire family of Heyricks or Eyrickes, died in November 1592 of injuries caused by a fall from an upper window of his house. It was suspected that the fall was not accidental. 
Thomas Heyrick (d. 1694), English poet and divine, son of Thomas Heyrick...
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Migration of the Herridge family to Ireland
Some of the Herridge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
| Herridge migration to Australia ||+|
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Herridge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Herridge, a smith, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
- Richard C. Herridge, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838 
|Contemporary Notables of the name Herridge (post 1700) ||+|
- Robert Herridge (1914-1981), American television producer and writer who created the CBS television program Camera Three
- Catherine Herridge (b. 1964), American Homeland Security correspondent for the Fox News Channel
- Laura Herridge, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 2004 
- Dean Herridge (b. 1976), Australian rally driver
- Herbert Wilfred "Bert" Herridge (1895-1973), Canadian politician and Member of Parliament
- William Duncan Herridge PC, KC, MC, DSO (1887-1961), Canadian politician and diplomat
|Historic Events for the Herridge family ||+|
- William Warren Herridge (d. 1945), British Ordinary Telegraphist aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking 
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Virtus omnia nobilitat
Motto Translation: Virtue ennobles all things.
- Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
- State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EDEN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Eden.htm
- The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html