Origin of the Name Ryder
The origin of the name Ryder
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants of Ryder include Rider. This is an occupational name from the office of 'the rider', a 'trooper'. This name is of English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in the above country. Examples of such are a Roger le Ridere, of County Cambridgeshire, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England , in the year 1273 and a Stephen le Ridere, of County Huntingdonshire, who was also recorded in the same year in this ancient document . Names were recorded in these documents to make it easier for the overlords to collect taxes and to keep a record of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired lands by either force or as gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. In Ireland the name Ryder is sometimes used as the anglicized form of the Gaelic O'Marcachain and O'Marcaigh septs of Counties Clare and Louth respectively.
The Ryder 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 Ryder descendants.