Meaning and Origin of: Rider

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : Horseman

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : occupational name for a mounted warrior or messenger, late Old English rīdere (from rīdan ‘to ride’), a term quickly displaced after the Conquest by the new sense of Knight.
  • English : topographic name for someone who lived in a clearing in woodland. Compare Read 2.
  • Irish : part translation of Gaelic Ó Marcaigh ‘descendant of Marcach’, a byname meaning ‘horseman’. The Gaelic name is also Anglicized as Markey.
  • Americanized form of German Reiter.