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Where did the English Riches family come from? What is the English Riches family crest and coat of arms? When did the Riches family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Riches family history?Riches is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Riches family lived in Hampshire. Their name, however, is a reference to Riche, in Lorraine, France, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Another equally valid derivation of the name suggests that it is patronymic, which means it was adapted from the first name of the original bearer's father. According to this version it comes from the Norman personal name Richard. Riches is a classic example of an English polygenetic surname, which is a surname that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Riches are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Riches include Rich, Riche, Richin, Riching, Richins, Richings and others.
First found in Hampshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. The first on record include Edmund Rich, Saint Edmund (1175-1240) English churchman, who became Archbishop of Canterbury; and Thomas filius Ricun, who was in the Rotuli Hundredorum in Huntingdonshire in 1274.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Riches research. Another 219 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1547, 1496, 1567, 1st , 1540, 1620, 1594, 1675, 1640, 1660, 1619, 1673, 1625, 1678, 1st , 1601, 1667 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Riches History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 211 words(15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Riches Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Riches family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 43 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Riches, or a variant listed above:
Riches Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Garde la foy
Motto Translation: Keep the faith.
The Riches Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Riches Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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