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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


Similar surnames: Riley, Ripley, Radley, Ridler, Gidley, Risley, Willey, Grindley, Iley

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Where is the Ridley family from?

You can see how Ridley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ridley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ridley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 38 Ridley families living in Maine. This was about 31% of all the recorded Ridley's in the USA. Maine had the highest population of Ridley families in 1840.
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What did your Ridley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ridley. 25% of Ridley men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Ridley women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ridley were Truck Driver and Teacher.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    25%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    10%
  • Laundress
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Ridley. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 15,000 military records available for the last name Ridley. For the veterans among your Ridley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ridley lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Ridley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1940. The average life expectancy for Ridley in 1940 was 100, and 72 in 2004.

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