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Where did the English Riden family come from? What is the English Riden family crest and coat of arms? When did the Riden family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Riden family history?The name Riden is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in Roydon, places found in Essex and Norfolk. The place-name Roydon is derived from the Old English elements rygen, which means rye, and dun, which means hill. The place-name as a whole translates as "hill where rye is grown." Roydon in Essex was recorded in the Domesday Book as Ruindune; Roydon in Norfolk was recorded in that document as Regadona. The Domesday Book was a survey of England ordered by King WIlliam the Conqueror, the first Norman King of England, in 1086. It was used to reassess the Danegeld (the tax system in place at the time) and as a reference for the settlement of property disputes.
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Riden has been spelled many different ways, including Royden, Roydon, Rowton, Rowden and others.
First found in Suffolk but other branches of the family were located elsewhere. By example, Rowton is a small village located seven miles north of Wellington, Shropshire. It dates back to at least the Domesday Book where it was recorded as Rugheton.  The Battle of Rowton Heath was fought between the forces of the parliament and those of King Charles on 24 September 1645 during the English Civil War. Rowton Castle is a Grade II listed country house near Shrewsbury in Shropshire. The present castle was built in the 17th Century, although a previous castle named Rowton Castle had stood on the site for several hundred years previously. As of 1986 it has been a luxury hotel.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Riden research. Another 145 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Riden History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Riden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Ridens to arrive in North America:
Riden Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
The Riden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Riden 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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