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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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Gary L Rutledge

I am also a Gary Rutledge. Minnesota, USA resident. Family came from Alabama where I believe I can trace back to before the American Civil War 1850s . Retiring soon, will have time for more investigation as a traveling man then.

Lorraine Catherine Owens

My mother was Gladys Margaret Ruttledge from Waterford. Born in 1908. She had 3 brothers Freddie - Bank Manager in Dublin who retired to Cork and Charlie and Eric who sailed off to live in South Africa in the 1920's. One was in tobacco farming and the other was in holiday let's. Freddie children and grandchildren still live in Cork. Their sister Gladys, my Mum and my Dad James Joseph Tobin moved to Cambridge, England. I am 66 now and live in Bordeaux France with my 2 sons Declan 30 and Connor 27. Does anyone know or remember any of us. It would be great to know more about our family tree for my 2 sons sake. Thank you.

Lorraine Ruttledge

Hello,Lorraine Catherine Owens- Lorraine nee Ruttledge here :) and I am your first cousin. Your mum, Gladys I never met and she had three brothers, Fred, Charlie and Eric. My father was Eric aka Paddy, married my mother Ann in Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, where I and my younger sister, Tania, were born. Charlie, aka Pat, married Doreen, also in S. Rhodesia and they had two chn, Peter and Trish. Fred married Margot/Maureen (I forget) and they had two chn, Anne and Gillian. I met Fred and family when they lived in Youghal and the girls lived in Cork I think. Peter, Tania and I live in Perth West Australia, Trish lives in Paris. Years ago I met a daughter of Gladys here in Perth, was that you? Please make contact if you wish :) Cheers Lorraine :)

George-Richard Rutledge I

I have been told we were from a Scottish town named Gaven (by the Sea) and that it is on the Firth of Clyde.

linda powerd

For john of sligo. Love your city. I believe a long ago rutledge was born in tyrone. He moved to dublin

Chris Rutledge

Chris Rutledge here. My great grandfather, John Francis Rutledge emigrated from the Enniskillen region to Liverpool, north west England. Many records were destroyed around that time and the trail has gone cold. I am told that JF had brothers who moved to North America. I’m told the name originates near Bewcastle, nr Carlisle, England and have been trying to find any connection in my family from NW England to Ireland


Hi, just doing my family tree. Found a Margaret Rutledge who was my great gran, then I THINK her parents were William and Margaret, and she has lots of brothers and sisters. I say I think because it is difficult to know for sure using ancestry. If true the family seemed to originate from Newbliss, Co Monaghan? any help always appreciated


Hi john Ruttledge here in sligo ireland interest in my history we ar the oldest family in the local parish and only ruttledge in parish I think we originated from Tyrone and north England some family moved to America and signed American contatution

Dixie Rutledge

Hello. I just got my DNA results from Turns out what I have known my whole life to be true, I don't look it, but I have roots in Ireland and Scottland. It's only 5%, but It explains a lot about me and how I have felt my whole life. I am very happy to have found this site and would love to figure out who I could be connected to, as my daughter and I would love to travel to Ireland next year, maybe meet some relations. Dixie


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.

Lorraine Catherine Owens

Hi John Ruttledge. My mother was called Gladys Margaret Ruttledge from Waterford. Not many have the double "tt" spelling! She was born in 1908 and moved to Cambridge UK in the 50's with my Dad James Joseph Tobin (also from Waterford) and their 4 daughters. I am the youngest 66 and now live in Bordeaux France. I wonder if we are in any way connected. My mother had 3 brothers. One worked in banking in Dublin and finally settled in Cork. 2 left and set up businesses South Africa. And my mother Gladys lived in Cambridge UK. Let me know if you know of any other family members and where we are today. It would be interesting to know more about your background. Kind regards. Lorraine Owens (married name). Thank you.


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