Show ContentsLangridge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Langridge date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the region of Langridge in the county of Somerset. Langridge is a habitation name from the broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

Early Origins of the Langridge family

The surname Langridge was first found in Somerset at Langridge, a civil parish and small village that dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Lancheris. 1 Literally, the place name means "long ridge," from the Old English words "lang" + hrycg." 2

St Mary Magdalene's Church at Langridge dates back to the 12th century. "The church is an ancient structure with a square tower, and consists of a nave and chancel, between which is a highly-enriched Norman arch; there is a Norman arch of plainer character in the south porch. In rebuilding the rectoryhouse a few years since, several coffins and skulls, and a silver-mounted battle-axe, were discovered." 3 "The Langridges of Sussex appear to be indigenous to that county, and the name De Langrigg is found there in the 14th century." 4

Langbridge Manor is a manor house on the Isle of Wight. It is related to Ashey manor (also on the Isle of Wight) as it seems that both were granted in the early 13th century. As of 1912, it was the property of Mr. Edward Carter, who purchased it in 1906.

Early History of the Langridge family

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Langridge Spelling Variations

Langridge 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 Langridge have been found, including Langridge, Langrich, Langriche, Langrick, Langrige, Langredge, Langrish, Langrith and many more.

Early Notables of the Langridge family

Notables of this surname at this time include:

  • Langridge of Somerset

Ireland Migration of the Langridge family to Ireland

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United States Langridge 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 Langridges to arrive on North American shores:

Langridge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Margaret Langridge, who arrived in Virginia in 1657 5
Langridge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Langridge, who settled with his wife Lydia and two children in New York in 1822
  • Henry Langridge, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1870 5

Australia Langridge migration to Australia +

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

Langridge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles Langridge, English convict who was convicted in Southampton, Hampshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Charles Kerr" on 6th June 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia 6
  • Mr. George Langridge, (b. 1814), aged 25, English labourer who was convicted in Sussex, England for 14 years for burglary, transported aboard the "Canton" on 20th September 1839, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he was executed in 1856 for murdering his wife 7
  • Mr. Charles Langridge, British Convict who was convicted in Kent, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 25th April 1840, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) 8
  • Henry Langridge, aged 20, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Duke of Wellington" 9
  • Henry Langridge, aged 20, a carpenter, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Wellington" in 1849 9

New Zealand Langridge 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:

Langridge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Esther Langridge, (b. 1830), aged 28, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indiana" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 28th November 1858 10
  • Mr. John Langridge, (b. 1834), aged 24, British carpenter travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indiana" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 28th November 1858 10
  • Mr. Harry M Langridge, (b. 1856), aged 2, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indiana" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 28th November 1858 10
  • James Langridge, aged 30, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • Sarah Langridge, aged 32, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
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West Indies Langridge migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. 11
Langridge Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Robert Langridge, (b. 1614), aged 20, British settler travelling from London, UK arriving in St Christopher (St. Kitts) on 5th January 1634

Contemporary Notables of the name Langridge (post 1700) +

  • Richard James Langridge (1939-2005), English first class cricketer who played for Sussex, son of English Test cricketer James Langridge
  • Philip Langridge (1939-2010), English tenor, one of the foremost tenors of English opera and oratorio
  • John George Langridge MBE (1910-1999), English crickete rwho played for Sussex, "one of the best English cricketers of the 20th century never to play a Test match"
  • James Langridge (1906-1966), English cricketer who played for Sussex and England in eight Tests
  • Stuart Langridge, British podcaster, developer and author. He became a member of the Web Standards Project's DOM Scripting Task Force
  • George David Langridge (1829-1891), Enflish-born, Australian politician in colonial Victoria (Australia), from Tunbridge Wells, Kent, Acting Premier of Victoria in 1891
  • Christopher Phillip "Chris" Langridge (b. 1985), British multiple award winning badminton player who also competed for England at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where he won a gold, two silver and bronze medals
  • Albert Kent "A.K." Langridge (1857-1938), British missionary and writer from London, best known as co-author of several biographies of John Gibson Paton
  • Edward 'Ted" Langridge (1936-2016), Australian rules football player who played for the Richmond Football Club (1955-1962) and the Sturt Football Club (1963-1965)
  • Matthew "Matt" Langridge (b. 1983), British five-time gold medalist rower at the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2016 Summer Olympics
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  2. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  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)
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