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Early Origins of the Ridington family

The surname Ridington was first found in West Lancashire at Wrightington, a township, in the parish of Eccleston, union of Wigan, hundred of Leyland. "This was a member of the extensive barony of Manchester. The lordship was given by Albert de Gresley to Orm, son of Ailward or Edward, progenitor of the Ashtons, of Ashton; and his descendants were called de Wrightington. Robert Dicconson, of Eccleston, married Anne, daughter of John Wrightington, and was grandfather of William, who was convicted of high treason in the reign of William III. " [1]

The name literally evolves from "Wrichtington, Wrightinton = the Estate of the Wyrhta Family [Anglo-Saxon - Wyrhtinga-tún-wyrhta, a wright, worker + -inga, genit. pl. of the son suff. -ing + tún, estate, etc.]" [2]

"Wrightington first became Rightington, then Riddington; compare Ridlington." [3] Taking this noted author up on his suggestion, the entry for Ridlington notes a parish in Norfolk and a parish in Rutland. He also found that the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Adam de Wrydlington, Cambridgeshire; and Ralph de Wridlingtone, Cambridgeshire. The Wills at Chester include an entry for Mary Wrightington, of Wrightington, 1580. [3]

Ridlington, Norfolk dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was known as Ridlinketuna [4] and in Leicestershire, that parish was recorded Redlinctune at that time. [4] [5]

Wrightington Hall in Wrightington was the home of the Wrightington family for several centuries. When Sir Edward Wrightington died in 1658, his heir, Hugh Dicconson, erected a noble tomb for Sir Edward in St Wilfred's Parish Church, Standish.

The truncated for of the name which is typically spelt Reading, Ridding, Riding, etc., claims Lancashire as their ancient homestead too, for it is there that Grifin del Ruding was listed in the Assize Rolls of 1246. [6]

Early History of the Ridington family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ridington research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1510, 1550, 1600, 1639, 1640, 1713 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Ridington History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ridington Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wrightenton, Writtington, Writington, Wrightington, Riddington, Ridlington, Writington, Writingdon, Writtingdon, Riddingdon, Ridington, Ritington and many more.

Early Notables of the Ridington family

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Migration of the Ridington family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  5. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  6. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) on Facebook