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Wride Lineage and Distribution

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This profile describes what is known so far about the lineages of the surname Wride (and its variants) and their migration around the world.


So far, I think that there may be three independent lineages, with a fourth lineage in Australia that I don't know how to connect.

Pocklington, Yorkshire

This is the lineage I am currently researching. Despite being geographically close to the Hull lineage, they are totally independent as far back as about 1600. The earliest ancestors are from Nunburnholme, Yorkshire in the 1630s. They remained confined to Nunburnholme for over eighty years, before migrating to surrounding villages. The earliest profile in the study so far is that of William Wryde, who was born at Warter, Yorkshire.

In the early 1800s, migration to Canada and the USA commenced.

Hull, Yorkshire

The Hull lineage also goes back to about 1600. While I have not yet investigated, I have discovered that this lineage migrated to Wales. I am also aware that one of this line moved to London.


There are many Wride families in this region. However, I don't yet know how, or even if, they are connected to the other two Yorkshire lineages.

Members of this lineage emigrated to Australia.


The surname Wride is also found in Australia. Those researched so far are:

William Wride (1796-1872), born at South Cave, and from the Hull lineage, was convicted of sheep stealing in 1836 and transported to Australia the next year. I have no evidence to indicate whether William married again or not (his English wife Faith was still living in England), but I suspect William had no Australian descendants.

George Wride (1836-1922), born at Bedminster, Bristol, and from the Gloucester/Somerset lineage, emigrated to Australia in 1856/7 with his wife Sarah Jane (1836-1885), settling in Brisbane, Queensland.

I've also discovered that a William Wride, with his wife Elizabeth Lane, emigrated to South Australia in 1874/5. They were from Somerset.

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