Ridgewell is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived at the ridgeway
a path along the back of a hill or ridge. Ridgewell is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a ridge.
Early Origins of the Ridgewell family
The surname Ridgewell 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 Ridgewell family
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Ridgewell 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 Ridgewell family name include Ridgway, Ridgeway and others.
Early Notables of the Ridgewell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ridgewell family to Ireland
Some of the Ridgewell 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 Ridgewell family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, 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 Ridgewell surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Ridgewell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William Ridgewell, who arrived in Portsmouth, Vermont in 1865
Ridgewell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- George Ridgewell, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia CITATION[CLOSE]
State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
Contemporary Notables of the name Ridgewell (post 1700)
- Liam Ridgewell (b. 1984), English footballer
- Pat Ridgewell, songwriter
The Ridgewell 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.