Origin of the Name Ridge
The origin of the name Ridge
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants of Ridge include Rigg and Rigge. This is a locational name meaning 'at the ridge', from a residence on the rig or back of a hill. In North Lancashire and Cumberland this is a very familiar surname. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland , Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout the above islands. Examples of such are a Thomas de la Rigge, County Hantshire, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England , in the year 1273 and a Thomas Ridge and Jane Waters who were granted a marriage license, in London, in the year 1620. A branch of the family moved to Ireland where it is first found in records in the person of a John Ridge, who was a Clerk of the Council in Connaught , in the year 1619. The name is almost totally confined to County Galway or areas adjacent. The name appears regularly in records up to the 17th century but since that time has become less prominent.
The Ridge coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Ridge descendants.