The origins of the Riddaway name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived at the ridgeway
a path along the back of a hill or ridge. Riddaway is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a ridge.
Early Origins of the Riddaway family
The surname Riddaway 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 Riddaway family
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Riddaway Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Riddaway were recorded, including Ridgway, Ridgeway and others.
Early Notables of the Riddaway family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Riddaway family to Ireland
Some of the Riddaway family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 55 words (4 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 Riddaway family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Riddaway family emigrate to North America: 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 Riddaway 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.