Rickles History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Rickles family

The surname Rickles was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Bury, held by a Norman noble who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Rickles family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rickles research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1071, 1150, and 1208 are included under the topic Early Rickles History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rickles Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Richoll, Richell, Rickles, Richells, Ricold, Riccold, Ricolles and many more.

Early Notables of the Rickles family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Rickles family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..


Contemporary Notables of the name Rickles (post 1700) +

  • Nicholas "Nick" Jay Rickles (b. 1990), American Major League Baseball catcher
  • Larry Rickles (1970-2011), American Emmy Award winning screenwriter, film and television producer, son of Don Rickles
  • Donald Rickles (1927-1985), American radio and television announcer, news anchor, and actor
  • Donald Jay "Don" Rickles (1926-2017), American Primetime Emmy Award winning stand-up comedian and actor, a frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Late Show with David Letterman


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)


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