An English and Scottish surname, Rutledge comes from the Middle English terms ‘ruta‘, ‘lache’ and ‘leche’ which refers to the loud noise from a stream. It can also mean someone who lives near the waters. The spelling variations for Rutledge include Routledge, Rookledge, Rucklidge, Rutledge and Rudledge. In northern England is where many with the Rutledge surname have lived for centuries. In Yorkshire, Lancashire, Northumberland, Durham, Cheshire, Staffordshire, and then south into the city of London, Essex and Hampshire is where most with the Rutledge name reside. In Scotland the counties of Lanarkshire, Perthshire, Aberdeenshire, Fife and Angus have the greater Rutledge populations. Within the United States the early Rutledge families settled in Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky and Ohio. Famous: Edward Rutledge (signer of the American Declaration of Independence in 1776), Ben Rutledge (champion rower from Canada), John Rutledge (signer of the U. S. Constitution), Henry Rutledge (Civil War Confederate Captain for whom the town of Rutledge, Alabama was named), George Rutledge (American Revolutionary General and founder of Rutledge, Tennessee in 1798), Edward Rutledge (19th century mill owner for whom Rutledge, Minnesota was named) and Josh Alan Rutledge (professional baseball player).