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The history of the Ridings family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in the village of Reading found in the county of Berkshire. The surname Ridings is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. In this case the surname was originally derived from the Old English word rydding which simply refers to an area that has been cleared.

Ridings Early Origins



The surname Ridings was first found in Sussex. One of the earliest records of the surname was John of Reading (Latin: Johannes de Reading, Johannes Radingia) who died 1346. He was an English Franciscan theologian and scholastic philosopher and follower of Duns Scotus. He wrote a commentary on the Four Books of Sentences written by Peter Lombard around 1320, at the University of Oxford. In 1322, he accepted a teaching position at Avignon and it was there that he died.

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Ridings Spelling Variations


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Ridings Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Ridings include Reading, Reding, Redding, Reddin and others.

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Ridings Early History


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Ridings Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ridings research. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1588, 1667, 1645, 1692, 1674, 1677, 1686, 1767, 1747, 1748, 1757 and 1758 are included under the topic Early Ridings History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ridings Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ridings Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ridings Notables 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ridings Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Percy Ridings, aged 23, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ridings (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ridings (post 1700)



  • Andrew Ridings, American actor, known for his work on Hearts Unarmored (2007), Dan Is Missing (2013) and Sedona (2011)
  • Major-General Eugene Ware Ridings (1899-1969), American Deputy Inspector-General US Army (1957-1958)
  • Gordon Ridings, American college men's basketball coach
  • Taggart "Tag" Twain Ridings (b. 1974), American professional PGA golfer
  • DeAlton J. Ridings, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1960
  • C. O. Ridings, American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Polk County, 1921-22
  • Joanna Ridings (b. 1967), English actress
  • Richard Ridings (b. 1958), British actor, best known for his portrayal of Allan Ashburn in the ITV television drama Fat Friends
  • Phil Lovett Ridings (1917-1998), Australian cricketer who made 107 first-class appearances for South Australia, Chairman of the Australian Cricket Board from 1980 to 1983

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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: Dieu defende la droit
Motto Translation: God defends the right.


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    11. ...

    The Ridings Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ridings 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 16 April 2016 at 10:14.

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