Ridsdale History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Ridsdale family

The surname Ridsdale was first found in Northumberland at Redesdale, a valley in the western part of the county. As an important route into Scotland, the area has seen conflict since the time of the Roman Empire. [1]

Early History of the Ridsdale family

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Ridsdale Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ridsdale, Ridesdale, Redesdale, Redesdall, Redsdale, Risdale, Rysdale, Risedale, Rysedale and many more.

Early Notables of the Ridsdale family (pre 1700)

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United States Ridsdale migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ridsdale Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Ridsdale, who settled in Virginia in 1620 with his wife

Australia Ridsdale migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Ridsdale Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Ridsdale, English convict who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for 15 years, transported aboard the "Clara" on 28th January 1864, arriving in Western Australia, Australia [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ridsdale (post 1700) +

  • Dame Victoire Evelyn Patricia "Paddy" Ridsdale DBE (1921-2009), British secretary and intelligence operative, author Ian Fleming's secretary during World War II, and was the model for his character Miss Moneypenny
  • Peter Ridsdale (b. 1952), former chairman of Leeds United AFC, and is currently chairman of Cardiff City Football Club
  • Sir Julian Errington Ridsdale CBE (1915-2004), British National Liberal and later Conservative Party politician
  • Sir Edward Aurelian Ridsdale GBE (1864-1923), British Liberal politician and leading member of the British Red Cross Society
  • Oliver Ridsdale Baldwin (1899-1958), 2nd Earl Baldwin of Bewdley, British politician, son of Stanley Baldwin

HMS Royal Oak
  • George Hotham Ridsdale (d. 1939), British Leading Stoker with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [3]
RMS Titanic
  • Miss Lucy Ridsdale, aged 50, English Second Class passenger from London, England who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 13 [4]


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th February 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/clara
  3. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  4. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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