Last name: Rideout
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my Rideout connection come from Shaftesbury and I was told by a relative that the names origin is French
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
I am also trying to track down the Ridout family. My grandfather William James was from Sherborne and i believe a connection to Elizabeth.
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.
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.