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Ridley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places called Ridley (Cheshire Kent Northumberland) or Ridley Hall in Terling (Essex). The Cheshire Kent and Northumberland placenames probably derive from Old English (ge)ryd(d) ‘cleared’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’. The Essex placename may derive from Old English rēad ‘red’ + lēah. A Northumberland family of this name included Bishop Nicholas Ridley who was burned at the stake in 1555 for refusing to recant his Protestant beliefs. Possibly also an altered form of Swiss German Riedle or Riedler (see Ridler ).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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 United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 203 Ridley families living in Ontario. This was about 63% of all the recorded Ridley's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Ridley families in 1911.
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What did your Ridley ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Ridley. 41% of Ridley men worked as a Farmer and 22% of Ridley women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ridley were Farmers Son 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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Clerk
  • Farmers Son

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Income
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
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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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