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The ancestors of the Ridgway surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived at the ridgeway a path along the back of a hill or ridge. Ridgway is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a ridge.

Ridgway Early Origins



The surname Ridgway 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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Ridgway Spelling Variations


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Ridgway Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Ridgway include Ridgway, Ridgeway and others.

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Ridgway Early History


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Ridgway Early History



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

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Ridgway Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ridgway Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Ridgway In Ireland


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Ridgway In Ireland



Some of the Ridgway 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


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The Great Migration



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Ridgway Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Ridgway was one of the earliest settlers in Boston in 1648
  • James Ridgway was brought to America, in bondage, since he was a convict, in 1661
  • Edward Ridgway, aged 40, landed in Maryland in 1679
  • Richard Ridgway, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1679
  • Edward Ridgway who settled in Maryland,at the age of 40 in 1679
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ridgway Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Ridgway went to Maryland in 1775 at the age of 29

Ridgway Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Ridgway lived in Toronto, in 1871

Ridgway Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Nancy Ridgway arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Delhi" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DELHI 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Delhi.htm
  • John Ridgway arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Delhi" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DELHI 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Delhi.htm
  • Mary Ridgway arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Delhi" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DELHI 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Delhi.htm
  • Philip Ridgway arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cressy" in 1847
  • John Ridgway arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cressy" in 1847
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ridgway (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ridgway (post 1700)



  • John B. Ridgway, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Bowie, Maryland, 1883-85
  • John Ridgway, American politician, Mayor of Pontiac, Michigan, 1952
  • John Ridgway, American politician, Delegate to Kentucky Secession Convention, 1861
  • James W. Ridgway, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1888, 1892, 1904; Candidate for Borough President of Brooklyn, New York, 1905
  • James Ridgway, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Richmond County, 1865
  • Jacob E. Ridgway, American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate, 1863-68
  • Emma Abbott Ridgway, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 1944, 1948
  • Caleb G. Ridgway, American politician, Member of New Jersey State Senate from Burlington County, 1877-79
  • Joseph Ridgway (1783-1861), American politician, Member of Ohio State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Ohio 8th District, 1837-43
  • Marilyn Ridgway, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 2004
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Ridgway Historic Events


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Ridgway Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. James Ridgway, British Chief Stoker, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Jack Ridgway, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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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)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DELHI 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Delhi.htm

Other References

  1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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The Ridgway Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ridgway 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.

This page was last modified on 12 October 2016 at 18:00.

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