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The ancestry of the name Ridgeway dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived at the ridgeway a path along the back of a hill or ridge. Ridgeway is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a ridge.

Ridgeway Early Origins



The surname Ridgeway was first found in Devon. "The extinct Baronet family, created Lords Londonderry in Ireland, 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. " [1]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. [2]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)

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Ridgeway Spelling Variations


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Ridgeway Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Ridgeway have been found, including Ridgway, Ridgeway and others.

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Ridgeway Early History


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Ridgeway Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ridgeway research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1565 and 1631 are included under the topic Early Ridgeway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ridgeway Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ridgeway Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ridgeway Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ridgeway In Ireland


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Ridgeway In Ireland



Some of the Ridgeway 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.

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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Ridgeway, or a variant listed above:

Ridgeway Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Ridgeway went to America in 1820
  • Geo. Ridgeway, aged 46, who landed in America, in 1893
  • John L. Ridgeway, aged 37, who settled in America, in 1896

Ridgeway Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Harriet E. Ridgeway, aged 45, who landed in America from Manchester, England, in 1904
  • Alfred J. Ridgeway, aged 37, who emigrated to the United States from Lenzance, England, in 1907
  • Clara Ridgeway, aged 36, who settled in America from Shaw, England, in 1907
  • Constance M. Ridgeway, aged 3, who landed in America from Shaw, England, in 1907
  • Rose Ridgeway, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from York, England, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ridgeway Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Frederick Ridgeway, aged 27, who settled in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada, in 1911
  • Albert Ernest Ridgeway, aged 32, who emigrated to New Westminster, BC, Canada, in 1913
  • Daisy Melina Ridgeway, aged 26, who settled in New Westminister, BC, Canada, in 1913
  • Ernest Edmund Ridgeway, aged 1, who settled in New Westminister, BC, Canada, in 1913

Ridgeway Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Ridgeway, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer"

Ridgeway Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Isaac Ridgeway arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Coromandel" in 1840
  • E. Ridgeway arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Jane Ridgeway arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Eliza Ridgeway arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • James Ridgeway arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ridgeway (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ridgeway (post 1700)



  • Suzanne Ridgeway (1918-1996), American film actress who appeared in approximately 115 films
  • Fritzi Ridgeway (1898-1961), American silent film actress who appeared in 63 films
  • Lindsay Elizabeth Ridgeway (b. 1985), former American child actress in film, television, and theater
  • Rick Ridgeway (b. 1949), Emmy Award-winning filmmaker
  • R. B. Ridgeway, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1916
  • N. C. Ridgeway, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1904, 1912
  • Michael Ridgeway, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Oklahoma State House of Representatives 53rd District, 2002
  • Frank B. Ridgeway, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1904
  • Emerson F. Ridgeway, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 1948 (alternate), 1952
  • Don Ridgeway, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1996
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  3. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  11. ...

The Ridgeway Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ridgeway Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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