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RUTLEDGE Family History

This name, with variant spellings Rutledge, Rudledge, Rookledge and Rucklidge, is chiefly found on the English\Scottish borders, and is believed to be of topographical origin from residence by a borders stream named with the Northern Medieval English 'rout', itself coming from the Scandinavian 'ruta' meaning a roar of loud noise, plus the Medieval English 'lache' or 'leche', a stream. There is a place in Cumbria called Routledge Burn, but surname derivation from this spot is unlikely as the place was not recorded until the 16th Century, and the surname first appears on record in Scotland towards the end of the 15th Century, (see below)...

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I am a lost Rutledge. Mum & Dad - no connections with Dad's family. ( Passed some while ago.) I came across a wool winter sweater (long since lost) -- knitted across the front, as part of the sweater - was the crest above: Stag & Stars -- nearly identical to this page. Family lore: Dad wanted to spend winter hours relaxing with mum -- So he learned to knit and Dad himself knitted the sweater with Stag & Stars. Again, I'm a lost Rutledge, We had no extended family. Dad never, ever talked about history or relatives. When Mum passed, I'm on my own. No siblings. No children. Dad: Frank William Rutledge, Minnesota (~1912) What can you tell me about my past - Where is home country? Thanks, Dr. Gary A Rutledge, Physicist.

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