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