Ryder History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Ryder family

The surname Ryder was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire at Ryther, a parish, partly in the Upper, but chiefly in the Lower, division of the wapentake of Barkstone-Ash. [1]

The surname was also an occupational name for "a rider, trooper." [2] Another source explores the occupation more: "a forest officer, being mounted, and having the supervision of a large district." [3]

As far as early entries of the family, here are a few of them with various early spellings as listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273: Roger le Ridere in Cambridgeshire; Stephen le Ridere and Adam le Rydere in Huntingdonshire. [2]

Kirby's Quest listed Nicholas le Ridere in Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year's reign of King Edward III.) [4] John le Rider was listed a Freeman or York, 2 Edward III.

Early History of the Ryder family

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Ryder Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ryder, Rider, Ryther and others.

Early Notables of the Ryder family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir William Ryder or Rither (1544-1611), English politician, Lord Mayor of London in 1600, grandson of Thomas Ryther of Lynstead in Kent, and son of Thomas Ryther or Ryder of Mucklestone, Staffordshire. [5] John Rider or Ryder (1562-1632), was an English lexicographer and Bishop of Killaloe, born at Carrington, Cheshire. He was educated at Jesus College, Oxford, where he graduated B.A. in 1581 and M.A. in 1583. From 1597 to 1615 Rider was rector of Winwick, Lancashire. At the same date as he received the appointment he became dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin...
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Ireland Migration of the Ryder family to Ireland

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

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ryder Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Samuel Ryder, who settled in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1630
  • Charles Ryder, who arrived in Maryland in 1652-1653 [6]
  • Symon Ryder, who settled in Virginia in 1678
  • Honor Ryder, who landed in Maryland in 1680 [6]
Ryder Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Ryder, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [6]
  • Fatten Ryder, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1755 [6]
Ryder Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Patrick Ryder, who arrived in New York in 1844 [6]
  • Ella Ryder, aged 27, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [6]
  • Adam Ryder, who landed in Arkansas in 1850 [6]
  • John Ryder, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1858 [6]
  • Corbet Ryder, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1860 [6]

Canada Ryder migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ryder Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Ryder U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 161 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York, USA [7]
Ryder Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Gideon Ryder, who arrived in Canada in 1830
  • Jonathan Ryder, who arrived in Canada in 1836
  • Mr. Allan Ryder who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Goliah" departing 21st May 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 18th July 1847 but he died on board [8]
  • Miss. Margaret Ryder, aged 1 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Sir Robert Peel" departing 26th July 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 19th September 1847 but she died on board [8]
  • Mr. Peter Ryder, aged 3 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Sir Robert Peel" departing 26th July 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 19th September 1847 but he died on board [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Ryder migration to Australia +

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

Ryder Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Ryder, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • Patrick Ryder, a smith, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mr. Samuel Ryder, British convict who was convicted in Shropshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Asia" on 29th September 1831, settling in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • William Ryder, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [11]
  • Thomas Ryder, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1840 [12]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Ryder migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Ryder Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Emanuel Ryder, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eagle" in 1854
  • Mr. Arthur William Ryder, (b. 1847), aged 11, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th April 1858 [13]
  • Mr. James Ryder, (b. 1854), aged 20, British settler travelling from England aboard the ship "Varuna" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 27th May 1874 [14]
  • William Ryder, aged 38, a painter, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875
  • Alice Ryder, aged 39, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Ryder (post 1700) +

  • Arthur William Ryder (1877-1938), American professor of Sanskrit at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Winona Ryder (b. 1971), American Golden Globe winning and two-time Academy Award nominated actress
  • Brigadier General William Thomas "Bill" Ryder (1913-1992), first American paratrooper and top Army expert in guided missile systems
  • Major General Donald Ryder, U.S. military lawyer
  • Major General Charles Wolcott Ryder (1892-1960), US Army General who during World War II, commanded the 34th Infantry Division
  • Albert Pinkham Ryder (1847-1917), American painter
  • Clayton Ryder, American politician, Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 26th District, 1915 [15]
  • Charlotte E. Ryder, American politician, Dry Candidate for Delegate to New York convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933 [15]
  • Charles L. Ryder, American Republican politician, Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 39th District, 1938 [15]
  • Charles A. Ryder, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Brookfield, 1912 [15]
  • ... (Another 38 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Leonard Ryder (b. 1904), English Petty Officer Telegraphist serving for the Royal Navy from Highbury, London, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [16]


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  4. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  5. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  8. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 94)
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  10. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1831
  11. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  12. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Lysander.htm
  13. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  14. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  15. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  16. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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