Last name: Rideout

This name originated as an occupational nickname for a rider, deriving from the Medieval English "rid(en)", to ride and "out" meaning "out" or "forth". It is first recorded as a surname in the latter half of the 13th Century. Alternative spellings have included Ridut (1276) and Rydhowt (1379) - "The Poll Tax Records of Yorkshire". The surname Rideway is also recorded in Yorkshire in the 13th Century. The following entry appears in the 1730 Marriage Licence Records of London: "Married - Teophilus Ridout and Love Barnes", St. George's Church, Hanover Square. In the modern idiom, the name has three spelling variations, Rideout, Ridout and Ridoutt. Among the sample recordings in London are the christening of Charles, son of Walter and Mary Rideout, on December 16th 1728 at St. Sepulchre, and the marriage of Thomas Rideout and Louisa Dickin, on April 16th 1855 at All Souls, St. Marylebone. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Elyas Rydhut, which was dated 1273, the Hundred Rolls of Somerset, during the reign of King Edward 1, known as the Hammer of the Scots, 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Andrea Phillips
my Rideout connection come from Shaftesbury and I was told by a relative that the names origin is French

nick wilson
As a direct descendant of Thomas Ridout, Surgeon, of Canterbury and Herne who died in 1743 I am interested in contacting anyone else researchng this branch of the family. My line comes through Thomas's daughter, Elizabeth, who was born in Herne in 1791. She was my great, great grandmother

Brad Ridout
I am also trying to track down the Ridout family. My grandfather William James was from Sherborne and i believe a connection to Elizabeth.

Barbara Rideout
I have also heard that Rideout comes from the slave masters of the south as a person who was the driver of the master. He would ride the master out to his appointments. When the master was ready he would call for the "ride out" man. As we well know the slaves of the south took on the names of their masterd when they were freed.

Christian Rideout
The OED has the word "rideout" meaning a commercial traveler, shown as such as early as the 1400s. Doubtless this definition gave rise to the name "Rideout". It should be noted that Rideout family legend that the name comes from French Rideau is spurious, as is any family connection to Chateau Azay-le-Rideau on the Loire river. If the Rideaux were Huguenots, they would have come to England after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes (1685), which is impossibly late to allow for a French connection to the family.

The Ridouts of Canterbury are descended from three brothers who left France in 1685. I am their great great great great granddaughter... So I am terribly sorry but the Ridout of Canterbury, Herne, Sherbourne, Toronto and Annapolis are part of the Ridout family - a literate family that would have been able to spell their name. Records suggest that Ridout was the anglicised version of Ridotte, and as such was "invented" in the late 17th century, and as such most Ridouts are related to each others, although I am aware that there are records of Rideouts from rural communities in England they are not related to the Huguenot Ridouts.


''Tracing Huguenot Heritage'' on the State Library of Queensland website,, states inter alia ''Major influxes of Huguenot refugees to Britain and Ireland occurred in 1562-63, 1567-68, 1572-1573 and 1681-1687 ...''. It seems then that there was significant Huguenot emigration prior to the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes.


My above reference to the State Library of Queensland website should read