The present generation of the Ruedge family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived near a ridge. Also, some examples of the name are of nickname
derivation. This makes Ruedge a classic example of an English polygenetic surname,
which is a surname that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently. The local
variant of the surname is derived from the Old English word hrycg,
which means ridge. In Old English, thish word became rugge, regge,
in various dialects of the language. The surname Ruedge is derived from the rugge variant of the word. The nickname variant is derived from the Anglo French word rugge
in Modern French) which means red, and would have been the nickname of someone with brilliant red hair.
Early Origins of the Ruedge family
The surname Ruedge was first found in Shropshire
at Rudge, a township, in the parish of Pattingham. "The surname is doubtless derived from a township in Shropshire
so called. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The place name was listed in the Domesday Book
of 1086 as Rigge CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and was derived from the Old English word "hrycg" which means "place at the ridge." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
There are few other places named Rudge in Britain, specifically in the counties Devon
and all are very small locals and have remained small through the centuries. An early member of the family was John de Rugge, of Seysdon, Staffordshire
who was living, 17 Edward II.
Early History of the Ruedge family
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Ruedge Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Ruedge include Rudge, Ruidge, Roidge, Rutdge, Rutge, Rudych, Rutch, Rutche, Ruitge and many more.
Early Notables of the Ruedge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ruedge family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Ruedge were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Joe Rudge, who settled in Barbados in 1635; Thomas Rudge, who settled in New York in 1679; as well as George and John Rudge, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1820..
The Ruedge 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: In cruce fides
Motto Translation: Faith in the cross.