Ryding is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Ryding family once lived in the village of Reading found in the county of Berkshire. The surname Ryding is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. In this case the surname was originally derived from the Old English word rydding
which simply refers to an area that has been cleared
Early Origins of the Ryding family
The surname Ryding was first found in Sussex
. One of the earliest records of the surname was John of Reading (Latin: Johannes de Reading, Johannes Radingia) who died 1346. He was an English Franciscan theologian and scholastic philosopher and follower of Duns Scotus. He wrote a commentary on the Four Books of Sentences written by Peter Lombard around 1320, at the University of Oxford. In 1322, he accepted a teaching position at Avignon and it was there that he died.
Early History of the Ryding family
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Ryding Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Ryding family name include Reading, Reding, Redding, Reddin and others.
Early Notables of the Ryding family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ryding family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Ryding surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Ryding Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Ryding, who landed in Virginia in 1693 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Ryding (post 1700)
- Wayne Ryding, Australian-born, English gold, silver and two-time bronze medalist Paralympic swimmer
- David Ryding (b. 1986), British alpine skier who competed at the 2010 Winter Olympics
- Yvonne Agneta Ryding (1962-1984), Swedish beauty queen, Miss Universe 1984
- Graham Ryding (b. 1975), Canadian three-time gold medalist male squash player from Winnipeg, Manitoba
The Ryding 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: Dieu defende la droit
Motto Translation: God defends the right.