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Riddle Early Origins



The surname Riddle was first found in Belgium, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. Riddle is of Norman origin, the surname having been created from the personal name Ridel. The source of this personal name is somewhat uncertain: some scholars think it may come from the Old French word 'ridel,' which meant "small hill," others cite the Germanic word 'rid,' which meant "ride." The Normans, originally of Viking origin established their presence in Normandy in the 900s, and by the second half of the 11th century held present day Belgium, Holland, most of France, much of the British Isles, Southern Italy, and parts of Spain. Forms of this surname likely traveled amongst Norman controlled territories. The name was a baronial name in Aquitaine, France, where the first recorded instance of Riddle is of Gerard Riddell, Baron of Blaye, who was granted lands of the Abbey of Fons Dulcis near Bordeaux in circa 1030. One branch of the family possessed estates in Normandy in 1165. A Geoffry Ridel, recorded in Normandy in 1180 was later recorded in Scotland and received grants from King David I. The name is also known to have accompanied William I's Norman Conquest of England, which began in 1066. Bearers of Riddle were certainly a most influential family.

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Riddle Spelling Variations


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Riddle Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Riddel, Riddle, Riddall, Ridal, Ridel, Riddle, Riddler, Riddell, De Riddler and many more.

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Riddle Early History


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Riddle Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Riddle research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 162 and 1628 are included under the topic Early Riddle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Riddle Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Riddle Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Riddle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Riddle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliz Riddle, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Thomas Riddle, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Robert Riddle, who arrived in New England in 1718
  • Hugh Riddle, who arrived in New England in 1718
  • Margaret Riddle, who arrived in Virginia in 1722
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Riddle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johan Riddle, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Johan Riddle, who arrived at Philadelphia in 1803
  • Christopher Riddle, aged 30, landed in New York in 1812
  • Samuel Riddle, who landed in Norfolk, Va in 1817
  • Charles Riddle, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Riddle Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Riddle, who was recorded in Nova Scotia in 1750

Riddle Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Riddle, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Isabella Riddle, aged 30, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Walter Riddle, aged 6, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • William Riddle, aged 24, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834

Riddle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Riddle, a baker, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Thomas Riddle, English convict from Nottingham, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844
  • Matilda Riddle arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Stebonheath" in 1850
  • Thomas Riddle, aged 37, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Calabar"
  • George Henry Riddle, aged 36, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nimroud"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Riddle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Riddle, aged 27, a farm servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840

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Contemporary Notables of the name Riddle (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Riddle (post 1700)



  • Robert M. Riddle (1812-1858), American politician, Mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1853 to 1854
  • Oscar Riddle (1877-1968), American biologist
  • Haywood Yancey Riddle (1834-1879), American politician and University professor, member of the United States House of Representatives from Tennessee
  • George Read Riddle (1817-1867), American engineer lawyer and politician, U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator from Delaware
  • Theodate Pope Riddle (1867-1946), American architect
  • Nelson Riddle (1921-1985), American band leader and arranger, best known for his work for Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole and many more
  • Johnny Riddle (1905-1998), American baseball player
  • Jeff C. Riddle (1863-1941), American Indian historian of the Modoc War
  • Almeda Riddle (1898-1986), American folk singer
  • Toby Riddle (1848-1920), Modoc interpreter who helped with negotiations between the Native American Modoc tribe and the United States Army during the Modoc War
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Riddle Historic Events


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Riddle Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Albert Riddle, British Boy, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Howard George Aubrey Riddle, British Blacksmith 3rd Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Riddle


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Suggested Readings for the name Riddle



  • Descendants of Hampton and Nancy Riddle, 1814-1972 by Norma Simpson.
  • A Partial History of the Riddle-Beavers Families: of Botetourt County, Virginia, Highland County, Ohio, Decatur and Page Counties, Iowa by Andree Sieverin Hoeman.

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Riddle Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844

Other References

  1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  11. ...

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