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Where did the English Ridell family come from? What is the English Ridell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ridell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ridell family history?The name Ridell came to England with the ancestors of the Ridell family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Ridell family lived in Yorkshire at Ryedale or in Westmorland at Ryedel. The name Riddell and its variants occur in both locations. Ridell 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 Ridell 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 Ridell include Riddell, Riddle, Riddall, Riddells, Ridel and others.
First found in Aquitaine where this baronial name was derived from a Gothic race. It was here that the Baron of Blaye (c. 1030) granted lands to the Abbey of Fons Dulcis near Bordeaux. This grant was confirmed by Gerald de Blavia and one of his sons Geoffre Rudelli (Ridel.) The latter lived 1079-1099 and left for Scotland during the time of King David I. Upon his arrival, he received grants of lands. He was the ancestor of the Riddells, Baronets. Another Geoffrey Ridel from the preceding generation went to England from Apulia with William Bigod and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. He was Crown Commissioner in 1106. In 1120, he succeeded Ralph Basset as Justiciary. Stephen Ridell was appointed Lord Chancellor of Ireland in 1186 and years later Stephen Riddel was Lord Chancellor of Ireland (c. 1313–1318).
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ridell research. Another 304 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1030, 1106, 1124, 1577, 1582, 1590, 1595, 1601, 1604, 1616, 1632, 1664, 1669, 1700, and 1747 are included under the topic Early Ridell History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 38 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ridell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Ridell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 139 words(10 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 Ridell, or a variant listed above:
Ridell Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Ridell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ridell 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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