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Ridley Family History

Ridley Name Meaning
English: habitational name from any of various places in England so named, especially the one in Northumberland, which, like that in Cheshire, is derived from Old English geryd ‘channel’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’. Those in Essex and Kent appear in Domesday Book as Retleia and Redlege respectively, and get their names from Old English hreod ‘reed’ + leah.Possibly also an altered spelling of German Riedel or Riedler (see Ridler).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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13,445 Immigration Records
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Name Distribution of Ridley Families

  • Number of Ridley families
     111 - 219
     38 - 110
     1 - 37
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Ridley families
     819 - 1,635
     274 - 818
     1 - 273
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Ridley families
     15 - 28
     6 - 14
     1 - 5
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Ridley Family Origin

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Ridley Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Ridley

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Ridley Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Ridley Civil War Service Records

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