The name Herritidge comes from a name for a person who held or occupied land inherited by an ancestor instead of acquiring it by means of the Feudal
System. The surname Herritidge is derived from the Old English word heritage,
which in turn comes from the Old French words eritage
These words are derived from the Late Latin word heritagium,
which comes from the word heres,
which means heir.
Early Origins of the Herritidge family
The surname Herritidge was first found in Oxfordshire
, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Herritidge family
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Herritidge 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 Herritidge include Herytage, Heritage, Eritage, Erytage and others.
Early Notables of the Herritidge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Herritidge 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 Herritidge or a variant listed above: Roger Eritage, who sailed to Barbados in 1635; Richard Heritage to New Jersey in 1664; W. Heritage to San Francisco, Cal. in 1850 and Mary Houlihan Heritage to Nova Scotia in 1838..