The Scottish Riach surname comes from the Gaelic "riabhach," meaning "brindled," or "grayish;" as such, it was thought to have been a nickname
for someone with streaks of gray or white hair.
Early Origins of the Riach family
The surname Riach was first found in Inverness, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Riach family
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Riach Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Reach, Reoch, Rioch, Riach, Riaech and others.
Early Notables of the Riach family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Riach family to Ireland
Some of the Riach family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Riach family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Riach Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Alexander Riach, aged 29, who emigrated to America from Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1907
- Peter Riach, aged 49, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1907
- William Riach, aged 33, who settled in America from East Calder, Scotland, in 1911
- Emily Riach, aged 35, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1911
- Frank Riach, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States from Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1912
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Riach Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Margaret Riach, aged 45, who settled in Vancouver, Canada, in 1919
Contemporary Notables of the name Riach (post 1700)
- Steve Riach (b. 1961), American filmmaker, television producer, writer and director
- Ralph Riach (b. 1939), Scottish actor, best known for his role as "John McIver" in BBC One Scotland's "Hamish Macbeth"
The Riach Motto
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: Fide et fortitudine
Motto Translation: By fidelity and fortitude.