Rider Family History
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Rider Name Meaning
English: occupational name for a mounted warrior or messenger, late Old English ridere (from ridan ‘to ride’), a term quickly displaced after the Conquest by the new sense of Knight. English: topographic name for someone who lived in a clearing in woodland. Compare Read 2. Irish: part translation of Gaelic Ó Marcaigh ‘descendant of Marcach’, a byname meaning ‘horseman’. The Gaelic name is also Anglicized as Markey. Americanized form of German Reiter.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press