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Where did the English Ryder family come from? What is the English Ryder family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ryder family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ryder family history?

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

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ryder research. Another 207 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1562 and 1632 are included under the topic Early Ryder History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Ryder Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Ryder family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 59 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ryder Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Samuel Ryder settled in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1630
  • Charles Ryder, who arrived in Maryland in 1652-1653
  • Symon Ryder settled in Virginia in 1678
  • Honor Ryder, who landed in Maryland in 1680

Ryder Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Thomas Ryder, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Fatten Ryder, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1755

Ryder Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James Patrick Ryder, who arrived in New York in 1844
  • Ella Ryder, aged 27, arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • Adam Ryder, who landed in Arkansas in 1850
  • John Ryder, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1858
  • Corbet Ryder, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1860

Ryder Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Gideon Ryder, who arrived in Canada in 1830
  • Jonathan Ryder, who arrived in Canada in 1836
  • A Ryder, who arrived in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

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
  • Patrick Ryder, a smith, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Ryder, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Thomas Ryder arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1840
  • Joseph Ryder arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asiatic" in 1849


Ryder Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Emanuel Ryder arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Eagle" in 1854
  • William Ryder, aged 38, a painter, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875
  • Alice Ryder, aged 39, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875
  • Emily A. Ryder, aged 11, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875
  • Florence M. Ryder, aged 9, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875


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  • Major General Charles Wolcott Ryder (1892-1960), US Army General who during World War II, commanded the 34th Infantry Division
  • Major General Donald Ryder, U.S. military lawyer
  • Brigadier General William Thomas "Bill" Ryder (1913-1992), first American paratrooper and top Army expert in guided missile systems
  • Albert Pinkham Ryder (1847-1917), American painter
  • Winona Ryder (b. 1971), American Golden Globe winning and two-time Academy Award nominated actress
  • Arthur William Ryder (1877-1938), American professor of Sanskrit at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Richard Andrew Ryder (b. 1949), English Conservative member of the House of Lords
  • Commander Robert Edward Dudley Ryder (1908-1986), English recipient of both the Victoria Cross and the Croix de Guerre
  • Graham Ryder (1949-2002), English geologist and lunar scientist
  • Samuel Ryder (1859-1936), English businessman who sponsored the Ryder Cup

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  2. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Ryder Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ryder Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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