Ruddle

Ruddle
This interesting surname, with variant spelling Ruddell, is of English locational origin from either of two places. Firstly, it may be from a place called Rudhall in Gloucester which derives its name from the old English pre 7th Century personal byname "Rudda", from "rud(ig)" meaning red or ruddy, plus "halh" a nook, recess or remote valley; hence "Rudda's valley". It may also have originated from Ryedale in the North Riding of Yorkshire, which gets its name from the river Rye, which derives from the Latin "rivus" a stream or the Welsh "rhiw" a hill or ascent plus the old English "dael" a valley, hence "valley of the river Rye". The surname is first recorded in the mid 11th Century (see below). One, Alan de Ridale, appears in the Early Yorkshire Charters (circa 1160) and William Ridell is noted in the pleas before the King or his Justices, Northamptonshire (1205). On November 26th 1626, Edward, son of Mary Ruddle, was christened at St. Mary Whitechapel, Stepney. The marriage of Francis Ruddle and Edith Backster took place on November 2nd 1631 at St. Benet Pauls Wharf, London. William, son of Francis Ruddle was christened in the same place, on August 9th 1634. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Gervasius Ridel, which was dated 1048, (The Genealogist), during the reign of King Macbeth (usurper), King of Scotland, 1040 - 1057. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Ruddle — Rud dle, v. t. To mark with ruddle; to raddle; to rouge. Their ruddled cheeks. Thackeray. [1913 Webster] A fair sheep newly ruddled. Lady M. W. Montagu. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ruddle — Rud dle, v. t. To raddle or twist. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ruddle — Rud dle, n. A riddle or sieve. [Obs.] Holland. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ruddle — Rud dle, n. [See {Rud}; cf. {Reddle}.] (Min.) A species of red earth colored by iron sesquioxide; red ocher. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ruddle — [rud′ l] n. [< dial. rud, red ocher < ME rude: see RUDD] RED OCHER vt. ruddled, ruddling 1. to color or mark with red ocher, esp. to mark sheep thus 2. to cause to flush; redden …   English World dictionary

  • ruddle — /rud l/, n., v., ruddled, ruddling. n. 1. a red variety of ocher, used for marking sheep, coloring, etc. v.t. 2. to mark or color with ruddle. Also, raddle, reddle. [1530 40; dial. rud (see RUDD) + LE] * * * …   Universalium

  • ruddle — rud•dle [[t]ˈrʌd l[/t]] n. v. dled, dling 1) a red variety of ocher, used for marking sheep, coloring, etc 2) to mark or color with ruddle • Etymology: 1530–40; dial. rud (see rudd) + le …   From formal English to slang

  • ruddle — n. & v. n. a red ochre, esp. of a kind used for marking sheep. v.tr. mark or colour with or as with ruddle. Etymology: rel. to obs. rud: see RUDD …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ruddle, West Virginia — Ruddle is an unincorporated community on the South Branch Potomac River located in Pendleton County, West Virginia, USA. Ruddle lies along U.S. Highway 220. According to the Geographic Names Information System, Ruddle was originally known by the… …   Wikipedia

  • ruddle — I. noun Etymology: diminutive of rud red ocher Date: 1538 red ocher II. transitive verb (ruddled; ruddling) Date: 1718 to color with or as if with red ocher ; redden …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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