The surname of DERIDDER was an occupational name 'the rider' a trooper, a soldier or man of war. The name was derived from the Old German Rutter, and was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. An old song which mentions the name says
'Rutterkyn is come into owre towne
In a cloke withoute cote or gowne
Save a rugged hood to kover his crowne
Like a Rider'
Surnames before the Norman Conquest of 1066 were rare in England having been brought by the Normans when William the Conqueror invaded the shores. The practice spread to Scotland and Ireland by the 12th century, and in Wales they appeared as late as the 16th century. Most surnames can be traced to one of four sources, locational, from the occupation of the original bearer, nicknames or simply font names based on the first name of the parent being given as the second name to their child.
Early records of the name mention Roger de Ridere, 1273 County Cambridge. Nicholas le Ridere was documented in County Somerset, during the reign of Edward 111 (1327-1377). Ricardus Rydere, of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Ferriman Rider of County Gloucestershire, registered at Oxford University in the year 1618. William Minchin married Mary Rider at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1780. Robert Ryder and Sarah Gore were married at the same church in the year 1800.
Samuel Ryder (1859-1936) was the English businessman, born in Cheshire. He was the son of a nurseryman. He built up a prosperous business in St. Albans, mainly through selling penny packets of seeds. In 1972 he donated the Ryder Cup, competed for between teams of British (now European) and American professional golfers.
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