Ruddick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Ruddick surname is derived from the Middle English word "ruddock," in turn from the Old English "ruddoc," meaning "red;" and it has been suggested that the name was taken on as nickname for someone "robin-like." The surname no doubt also came from the place named Penruddock, a small village in the English county of Cumbria.

Early Origins of the Ruddick family

The surname Ruddick was first found in Cumberland where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century.

Early History of the Ruddick family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ruddick research. Another 208 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1568, 1603, 1455, 1487, 1619, 1655, 1655, 1621, 1744, 1619, 1655, 1655, 1677, 1172 and are included under the topic Early Ruddick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ruddick Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Penruddock, Penruddocke, Penriddick, Penriddock, Penroddock, Penroddocke, Ruddock, Ruddocke, Ruddicke, Ruddick, Riddick, Roddick and many more.

Early Notables of the Ruddick family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Colonel John Penruddock (Penruddocke) (1619-1655), an English Cavalier during the English Civil War and the English Interregnum, remembered as the leader...
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Ireland Migration of the Ruddick family to Ireland

Some of the Ruddick family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Ruddick migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ruddick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Ruddick, aged 24, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]

Australia Ruddick migration to Australia +

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

Ruddick Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Ruddick, (b. 1818), aged 20, British Convict who was convicted in Somerset, England for 15 years for burglary, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 25th June 1838, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]
  • Isabella Ruddick, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Candahar" in 1851 [3]
  • Mary Ann Ruddick, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Candahar" in 1851 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ruddick (post 1700) +

  • Sara Ruddick (1935-2011), born Sara Elizabeth Loop, American feminist philosopher, best known for her book "Maternal Thinking: Toward a Politics of Peace"
  • Maurice A Ruddick (1912-1988), Canadian miner, survivor and leader of the recovery in the 1958 Springhill Mining Disaster
  • George Ruddick, Welsh rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the early 20th century

Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Ruddick, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]
  • Mr. John  Ruddick, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 19th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/coromandel
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANDAHAR 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Candahar.htm
  4. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance


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