The name Reidgwell is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived at the ridgeway
a path along the back of a hill or ridge. Reidgwell is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a ridge.
Early Origins of the Reidgwell family
The surname Reidgwell was first found in Devon
. "The extinct Baronet
family, created Lords Londonderry
, traced their pedigree to 6. Edw. IV., when Stephen Ridgeway was one of the stewards of the city of Exeter
. There are two places in Devonshire called Ridgeway, one near Honiton, and the other near Plymouth, but from which of these the family sprang is unknown. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early rolls revealed records in Cheshire
. John del Ruggeway was listed in East Cheshire
in 1355 and later Hugh Ridgeway was found in Cheshire
in 1577. Katerine Ridgeway was buried at Prestbury Cheshire
in 1560 and James Ridgway, of Offerton was listed in the Wills at Chester in 1594. There was one early record of the family in Yorkshire: Johannes de Rygeway, who was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax
Rolls of 1379. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Reidgwell family
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Reidgwell Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Reidgwell are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Reidgwell include: Ridgway, Ridgeway and others.
Early Notables of the Reidgwell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Reidgwell family to Ireland
Some of the Reidgwell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 33 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Reidgwell family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Reidgwell or a variant listed above: Edward Ridgway who settled in Maryland, at the age of 40; in 1679; the same year that Richard Ridgway settled in Pennsylvania with his wife, Elizabeth, and two sons. James Ridgway was brought to America, in bondage, since he was a convict, in 1661. Elizabeth Ridgway arrived in the New World in the same fashion in 1694.
The Reidgwell Motto
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: Mihi gravato Deus
Motto Translation: Let God lay the burden on me.