, where the name first appeared in the 13th century. Like many surnames, Redgwell was taken from the place where its original bearer lived and presumably held some degree of power, in this case Ridgewell, in
. The name of the place is a compound of the words "ridge" and "well," though at the time "well" signified a natural spring more than what we think of as a well today. It seems therefore logical that the place was named for a nearby spring, presumably at the base of a ridge.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William Ridgewell, who arrived in Portsmouth, Vermont in 1865.
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: Mihi Gravato Deus
Motto Translation: Let God lay the burden on me.