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John Rutledge The name "Rutledge" is a place name. It meant "red lache or pool" from the old Anglican words "redd", meaning red, and "loec" - later "lache", variant "letch" meaning a stream, or a pool in boggy land. "Rutledge" was "a great Border name". Anciently, those of that name were said to dwell "by the waters (of Bale", or Bailey Water, later called Routledge Burn, in the township of Bailie, or Bailey, near Bewcastle in the southern part of The Debateable Land on the English-Scottish Border.

This area so long in dispute between the English and the Scots was settled before the Norman Conquest as part of the ancient Kingdom of Northumbria by the Angles. The people of this part of the Border in time came to be organized into tribes or clans. This was the land of freebooters and raiders. "These trackless and desolate regions", he says, "were notorious for the activities of troopers before the Union" in 1603. This land was "no other thing but theft, reiff, and slaughter", until the boundary was finally agreed upon in 1552. John Lang in his Stories of the Border Marches refers to "the wild men of Bewcastle".

For many centuries Carlisle and Bewcastle township were within Scotland. The township is now in England in the County of Cumberland along the present border, on high land, an area of rolling hills. Anciently, Bewcastle was the site of a Roman Fort or Station. In 1470 Edward IV granted the manor and castle, which had long lain waste, to his brother, the Duke of Gloucester, then Lord Warden of the Western Marche. He sublet the area to Cuthbert Rutlege, John Rutlege, Robert Elwold (Elliot) and Gerald Nickson (Nixon). The remains of a pele tower, or castle, still stand and the old church of St. Cuthbert is kept in good repair.

Undoubtedly, the earliest known location of the Rutledges was on the Bailey Water, at Kershopefoot, at Masthorne and between Kershopefoot and the Leven (now the Line) waters, all nearby places "within the Rule of Bewcastell". The Kershope burn is now part of the modern boundary line between the two countries.

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Isabell Rutledge hello, my full name is isabell rutledge,my mother's name is Linda lee Rutledge, my grandfather's name is Alfred Abner Rutledge. I am trying to find other family members, who could give me information on any history, you may have on my grandfather. I was once told that there may have been a book written on him and I am curious as to find out, if this has actually happened or if it was just a tall tale. Anyone who might have any information please contact me at [contact link] any questions you may have i will contact you through the email
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Rutledge Country of Origin, Nationality, & Ethnicity

The origin of the Rutledge name is not specifically known although it has been linked to both German and Scottish roots.  There have even been stories of a Rutledge clan known to cause problems for Anglo-Saxon nobility, refusing to reliquish valuable land to the rich. These stories tell of farmland folk fighting back with pitchforks and makeshift spears, causing so much raucous that the nobles abandoned their quest to expand borders into the Rutledge lands simply because of the trouble.

Rutledge Meaning & Etymology

The name Rutledge itself has had many different spellings, as there were no spelling rules when the name came about. The name itself means "red boggy water" which infers that the original people lived in rural areas.

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Edward Rutledge (Dec.8 1798-Jan.23 1800) was the youngest person to sign the American Declaration of Independence.

Ann Rutledge (Jan.7 1813-Aug.25 1835) was the rumored first love of Abraham Lincoln.


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Most Common Rutledge First Names

According to our database of 16,552 people with the last name Rutledge that have a first name listed, these are the most common first names:

  • James 3.5%
  • John 3.3%
  • William 3.2%
  • Mary 2.1%
  • Robert 2.1%
  • Charles 1.4%
  • Thomas 1.3%
  • George 1.2%
  • David 0.9%
  • Joseph 0.8%
  • Richard 0.8%
  • Edward 0.8%
  • Helen 0.6%
  • Henry 0.6%
  • Paul 0.6%
  • Margaret 0.6%
  • Dorothy 0.6%
  • Elizabeth 0.5%
  • Michael 0.5%
  • Willie 0.5%
  • Walter 0.4%
  • Ruth 0.4%
  • Kenneth 0.4%
  • Earl 0.4%
  • Donald 0.4%
  • Harold 0.4%
  • Arthur 0.4%
  • Jack 0.4%
  • Frank 0.4%
  • Mildred 0.4%
  • Sarah 0.4%
  • Anna 0.4%
  • Harry 0.4%
  • J 0.3%
  • Martha 0.3%
  • Betty 0.3%
  • Jessie 0.3%
  • Ralph 0.3%
  • Fred 0.3%
  • Samuel 0.3%
  • Ernest 0.3%
  • Albert 0.3%
  • Roy 0.3%
  • Raymond 0.3%
  • Linda 0.3%
  • Frances 0.3%
  • Annie 0.3%
  • Virginia 0.3%
  • Ronald 0.3%
  • Alice 0.3%

Rutledge Pronunciation & Spelling Variations

Rutledge, Rutlidge, Ruthlidge, Ruthledge, Ritlidge, Rutletge

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