Westmorland

Surname Saturday – Carradice

The name Carradice is on my mother’s side of the family. The earliest ancestor with the name I have found is my is 3x great grandfather John Carradice. He was born in Kendal, Westmorland (United Kingdom) about 1807. There are potential candidates for his father in the records but I haven’t yet been able to determine the right person. This is a work in progress.

 According to surnamedb Carradice is an interesting and unusual name of Medieval Scottish origin. It is said to be a phonetic variant of the locational name Carruthers. This apparently comes from the parish of Middlebie, Dumfriesshire and pronounced in local speech as “Cridders”.

 Modern variants include – Crothers, Carrodus, Cardis, Cruddace and Caruth.

I rather like our family folklore interpretation which suggests that the name is of Italian origin and should be pronounced “Carradeechie”

Anyway, my John Carradice married Ann Ridley in Kendal on 2nd February 1829. They had at least 13 children. Their youngest child, Mary Jane is my 2x great grandmother. She was born 8th November 1854 – it’s her birthday in a couple of days, must remember to raise a glass in celebration. Mary Jane married Thomas Turner on 29th June 1872 at the Register Office in Kendal and she died on 18th April 1917 in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

I do not have any photographs of any of my Carradice ancestors but keep searching the Internet in the forlorn hope that one might turn up from a long lost relative somewhere.