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Ryder Surname Origin
A forest officer, being mounted, and having the supervision of a large district. In the ballad of William of Cloudesly, the king, rewarding the dexterity of the archer who shot the apple from his child's head, says: 'I give thee eightene pence a day, And my bowe thou shalt bere; And over all the north countre I make thee chyfe rydere.'
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Ryder Surname Meaning and Family Facts
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A Ryder Family History Thought:
'We are all omnibuses in which our ancestors ride, and every now and then one of them sticks his head out and embarrasses us.' --Oliver Wendell Homes