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Where did the Scottish Riddick family come from? What is the Scottish Riddick family crest and coat of arms? When did the Riddick family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Riddick family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Reddick, Redick, Redicke, Riddock, Riddoch, Ridock, Riddick and many more.

First found in Kirkcudbright, where they held a family seat. They held a family seat in the barony of Reddick, slurred as in Berwick from Red Wick. The early pronunciation of the name was Rerrick, hence, Archdeacon Gilbert de Rerrick of Glasgow who was elected to Scottish Parliament in 1467. At this time the name took on the more modern spelling of Reddik, and John Reddik was chief of his name in 1599. He held a family seat at Barharrow.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Riddick research. Another 153 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 164 and 1646 are included under the topic Early Riddick History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Riddick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Riddick Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Martin Riddick, aged 26, who landed in America from Leeds, in 1901
  • Andrew Riddick, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Southampton, England, in 1907
  • James Riddick, aged 20, who settled in America from Kilrush, Ireland, in 1907
  • John Riddick, aged 27, who emigrated to America from Dumfries, in 1907
  • Wm. Jas. Riddick, aged 48, who settled in America from Bodmin, England, in 1910


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  • Andre Riddick (b. 1973), American professional basketball player
  • Steven Earl "Steve" Riddick (1951-1976), American gold medalist relay runner at the 1976 Summer Olympics
  • Robbert Lee Riddick (b. 1957), American NFL football running back
  • Raymond Ernest Riddick (1917-1976), American football player and coach
  • Graham Edward Galloway Riddick (b. 1955), English Conservative Party Member of Parliament for Colne Valley in West Yorkshire


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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: Tu ne cede malis
Motto Translation: Yield not to misfortunes.

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  2. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
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  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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The Riddick Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Riddick 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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