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Origin and popularity of the name RIDER


Rider : 1: English: occupational name from Middle English ridere ‘horseman’ perhaps with a specific application such as ‘forest ranger’ ‘horseman who guards crops’ or ‘mounted warrior knight’. Compare Knight.2: English: habitational name from Ryther near Selby (Yorkshire) probably from Old English ryther ‘clearing’.3: English: topographic name from Middle English ridere ‘dweller at a clearing’ (see Reeder) or ‘dweller by a small stream’ depending on which sense of Middle English ride the surname is derived from. These topographic senses of Rider are limited to the southern counties of England (especially Surrey Sussex and Hampshire) where topographic names in -er and the Middle English words ride ‘clearing’ and rithe ‘small stream’ are mainly found. See also Reed.4: Irish: adopted for Ó Marcaigh since the etymon marcach means ‘horseman or rider’. The Gaelic name is also Anglicized as Markey.5: Americanized form of German Reiter.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England

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