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

The name Ridlar is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a sifter of corn, sand or lime for mortar. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational names have remained fairly commonplace in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith and wright.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Ridlar are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Ridlar include Ridler, Riddler, Ridlar, Riddlar and others.

First found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ridlar research. Another 119 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1635 and 1733 are included under the topic Early Ridlar History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Ridlar or a variant listed above: Alexander Ridler arrived in San Francisco in 1850.

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The Ridlar Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ridlar 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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