Ridge name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ridge
  1. The back, or top of the back; a crest.
  2. A range of hills or mountains, or the upper part of such a range; any extended elevation between valleys."The frozen ridgesof the Alps." [Shak.]"Part rise crystal wall, or ridge direct." [Milton.]
  3. A raised line or strip, as of ground thrown up by a plow or left between furrows or ditches, or as on the surface of metal, cloth, or bone, etc.
  4. [Arch] The intersection of two surface forming a salient angle, especially the angle at the top between the opposite slopes or sides of a roof or a vault.
  5. [Fort] The highest portion of the glacis proceeding from the salient angle of the covered way.

Etymology: OE. rigge the back, AS. hrycg; akin to D. rug, G. rÜcken, OHG. rucki hrukki, Icel. hryggr, Sw. rugg, Dan. ryg. √16

verb Ridge
  1. To form a ridge of; to furnish with a ridge or ridges; to make into a ridge or ridges."Bristles ranged like those that ridge the back Of chafed wild boars." [Milton.]
  2. To form into ridges with the plow, as land.
  3. To wrinkle."With a forehead ridged." [Cowper.]
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A beam laid along the edge where two sloping sides of a roof meet at the top; provides an attachment for the upper ends of rafters
  2. Any long raised border or margin of a bone or tooth or membrane
  3. A long narrow natural elevation or striation
  4. A long narrow range of hills
  5. A long narrow natural elevation on the floor of the ocean
  6. Any long raised strip
  7. Form into a ridge
  8. Spade into alternate ridges and troughs ("ridge the soil")
  9. Throw soil toward (a crop row) from both sides ("He ridged his corn")
  10. Plough alternate strips by throwing the furrow onto an unploughed strip
  11. Extend in ridges ("The land ridges towards the South")

From Middle English rigge, rygge, (also rig, ryg, rug), from Old English hrycg (“back, spine, ridge, elevated surface”), from Proto-Germanic *hrugjaz (“back”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kreuk-, *(s)ker- (“to turn, bend”). Cognate with Scots rig (“back, spine, ridge”), North Frisian reg (“back”), West Frisian rêch (“back”), Dutch rug (“back, ridge”), German Rücken (“back, ridge”), Swedish rygg (“back, spine, ridge”), Icelandic hryggur (“spine”). Cognate to Albanian kërrus (“to bend one's back”) and kurriz (“back”).

  1. (anatomy) The back of any animal; especially the upper or projecting part of the back of a quadruped.
  2. Any extended protuberance; a projecting line or strip.
  3. The line along which two sloping surfaces meet which diverge towards the ground.
  4. The highest point on a roof, represented by a horizontal line where two roof areas intersect, running the length of the area.
  5. (fortifications) The highest portion of the glacis proceeding from the salient angle of the covered way.
  6. A chain of mountains.
  7. A chain of hills.
  8. A long narrow elevation on an ocean bottom.
  9. (meteorology) A type of warm air that comes down on to land from mountains.

Notable Persons Named Ridge

Notable Persons Named Ridge

Ridge Forrester

Ridge Canipe

Ridge Canipe is an actor. Ridge was born on July 13th, 1994 in Laguna Beach, California, U.S.

Ridge Munsy

Ridge Munsy is a soccer player for the FC Thun, FC Luzern, FC Lausanne-Sport, Yverdon Sport FC, and SC Kriens. Ridge was born on July 9th, 1989 in Lucerne.

Ridge Mobulu

Ridge Mobulu is a soccer player for the FC Aarau, FC Lausanne-Sport, FC Bulle, Vancouver Whitecaps (1986–2010), FC Stade Nyonnais, Yverdon Sport FC, FC Le Mont, FC Luzern, and Switzerland national football team. Ridge was born on June 29th, 1991 in Aigle.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Ridge

Notable Persons With the Last Name Ridge

Tom Ridge

Tom Ridge is a 1st United States Secretary of Homeland Security, United States Homeland Security Advisor, and United States Homeland Security Council. Tom was given the name Thomas Joseph Ridge on August 26th, 1945 in Munhall, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Sophy Ridge

Sophy was born in 1983.


Drapht is an australian hip hop musician. His career lasted from 1998 to 1998. Drapht was given the name Paul Gary James Ridge on September 4th, 1982 in Mount Hawthorn, Western Australia. Drapht is also known as Drapht, Paul Reid, and Paul Gary James.

Major Ridge

Major Ridge was a cherokee leader, cherokee, and cherokeeleader. Major was born in 1771 in Great Hiwassee, present-day Tennessee. He breathed his last breath on June 22nd, 1839.

John Ridge

John was given the name Skah-tle-loh-skee by his parent Major Ridge in 1802 in Oothacaloga. John is also known as Skah-tle-loh-skee (Yellow Bird). He left this life on June 22nd, 1839.

Jason Ridge

Jason was given the name William Jones on December 28th, 1974.

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ridge U.S.
  White 86.26% 64.26%
  African American 7.01% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.48% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.04% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.37% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.85% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ridge

People with the last name Ridge are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Ridge

  • How Popular is the name Ridge? Ridge is the 4,062nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Ridge was the 4,936th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Ridge have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,661 babies born with the first name Ridge in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ridge to occupy the territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ridge? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1948 when it was given as a first name to 11 new born babies.
  • When was Ridge first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ridge is Friday, June 15th, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named Ridge born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ridge was in 2019 with a total of 442 babies.
  • Random Ridge Factoid: According to the 2014 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ridge is not a popular baby boy's name in Alabama. Imagine that, only 7 babies in Alabama have the same name in 2014.
  • Weird things about the name Ridge: The name spelled backwards is Egdir. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Grdei. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ridge? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 7,133 people with the last name Ridge.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ridge? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Ridge as their last name.
  • Ridge name meaning

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