Oldridge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Oldridge is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived in Holdich, Norfolk. This locale cannot be found today, but was listed pre 1700.

Early Origins of the Oldridge family

The surname Oldridge was first found in Devon 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.

Important Dates for the Oldridge family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oldridge research. Another 80 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1600 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Oldridge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Oldridge 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 Oldridge family name include Holditch, Holdich, Holdrich, Holdridge, Hilditch and many more.

Early Notables of the Oldridge family (pre 1700)

Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Oldridge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Oldridge migration to the United States

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Oldridge surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Oldridge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nicholas Oldridge, who landed in Maryland in 1674 [1]

Citations

  1. ^ 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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