Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Ryden is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Roydon, places found in Essex
. The place-name Roydon is derived from the Old English elements rygen,
which means rye, and dun,
which means hill. The place-name as a whole translates as "hill where rye is grown." Roydon in Essex
was recorded in the Domesday Book
as Ruindune; Roydon in Norfolk
was recorded in that document as Regadona. The Domesday Book
was a survey of England
ordered by King WIlliam the Conqueror, the first Norman King of England
, in 1086. It was used to reassess the Danegeld (the tax system in place at the time) and as a reference for the settlement of property disputes.
Early Origins of the Ryden family
The surname Ryden was first found in Suffolk
but other branches of the family were located elsewhere. By example, Rowton is a small village located seven miles north of Wellington, Shropshire
. It dates back to at least the Domesday Book
where it was recorded as Rugheton. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The Battle of Rowton Heath was fought between the forces of the parliament and those of King Charles on 24 September 1645 during the English Civil War.
"On Rowton Heath was fought the important battle between the forces of the parliament and those of King Charles, which proved so fatal to the brave Earl of Lichfield, and so disastrous to his royal master; here, also, the Cheshire gentry assembled and declared for a free parliament, on the attempt of Sir George Booth to restore Charles II., in 1659." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Rowton Castle is a Grade II listed country house near Shrewsbury in Shropshire. The present castle was built in the 17th century, although a previous castle named Rowton Castle had stood on the site for several hundred years previously. As of 1986, it has been a luxury hotel.
Early History of the Ryden family
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Ryden Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Ryden has been spelled many different ways, including Royden, Roydon, Rowton, Rowden and others.
Early Notables of the Ryden family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ryden family to Ireland
Some of the Ryden family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ryden family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Rydens to arrive in North America: William Royden arrived in west New Jersey in 1664; Robert Rowden settled in Virginia in 1657; Thomas Rowden settled in Philadelphia in 1774.
Contemporary Notables of the name Ryden (post 1700)
- E. C. Ryden, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Gold Democrat National Convention from Illinois, 1896 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- John Johnston Ryden (1931-2013), Scottish professional footballer who played from 190 through 1966