Ridley Family History

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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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Ridley Family Origin

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Ridley Family Occupations

What did your Ridley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Ridley family was Agricultural Labourer. The most common Ridley occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 7% of Ridley's were Coal Miners. Coal Miner, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ridley.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Ridley ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Ridley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 162,000 census records available for the last name Ridley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ridley census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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 UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Ridley Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Ridley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ridley ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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