HouseofNames.com

Continuing Research

Notables Added the last 12 months
FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more
An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016

Origins Available: Belgium, English


The name Riddell was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Riddell family lived in Yorkshire at Ryedale or in Westmorland at Ryedel. The name Riddell and its variants occur in both locations. Riddell is a classic example of an English polygenetic surname, which is a surname that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently.

 More

The surname Riddell was first found in Aquitaine where this baronial name was derived from a Gothic race. It was here that the Baron of Blaye ( c. 1030) granted lands to the Abbey of Fons Dulcis near Bordeaux. This grant was confirmed by Gerald de Blavia and one of his sons Geoffre Rudelli (Ridel.) The latter lived 1079-1099 and left for Scotland during the time of King David I. Upon his arrival, he received grants of lands. He was the ancestor of the Riddells, Baronets. Another Geoffrey Ridel from the preceding generation went to England from Apulia with William Bigod and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. He was Crown Commissioner in 1106. In 1120, he succeeded Ralph Basset as Justiciary. Stephen Ridell was appointed Lord Chancellor of Ireland in 1186 and years later Stephen Riddel was Lord Chancellor of Ireland (c. 1313-1318). A member of the family of Picard changed his name to Ruddle, at the instance of King Edward IV., to denote his birthplace. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
"Almost all versions of the Battle Abbey Roll include the name of Ridel." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Riddell, Riddle, Riddall, Riddells, Ridel and others.


 More

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Riddell research. Another 445 words (32 lines of text) covering the years 1030, 1106, 1124, 1577, 1582, 1590, 1595, 1601, 1604, 1616, 1663, 1632, 1669, 1700, 1664, 1747 and are included under the topic Early Riddell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

 More

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Riddell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

 More

Some of the Riddell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

 More

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Riddell or a variant listed above:

Riddell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Riddell settled in Virginia in 1635
  • William Riddell, aged 16, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Archibald Riddell settled in New Jersey in 1685
  • Archibald Riddell, who landed in New Jersey in 1685

Riddell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • George Riddell, who arrived in Virginia in 1770
  • John Riddell, who arrived in Virginia in 1770

Riddell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Riddell, who landed in Mississippi in 1845

Riddell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jean Riddell, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • William Riddell, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Charlotte Jane"
  • Robert Riddell, aged 32, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"

Riddell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Riddell, aged 31, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "George Fyfe" in 1842
  • Marion Riddell, aged 31, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "George Fyfe" in 1842
  • James Riddell, aged 3, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "George Fyfe" in 1842
  • Allison Riddell, aged 1, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "George Fyfe" in 1842
  • John Riddell, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Osborne" in 1867
 More

  • John Leonard Riddell (1807-1865), American science lecturer, science fiction author and inventor of the first practical microscope to enable binocular viewing of objects through a single objective lens
  • Sir Walter Robert Buchanan Riddell (1879-1934), 12th Baronet of Riddell, British academic, Principal of Hertford College, Oxford (1922-1930)
  • Sir John Charles Buchanan Riddell (1934-2010), 13th Baronet of Riddell, British Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales (1985-1990), Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland (2000-2009)
  • Sir James Walter Buchanan Riddell (1849-1924), 11th Baronet of Riddell, a British barrister
  • Sir Walter Buchanan Riddell (1810-1892), 10th Baronet of Riddell
  • Sir John Buchanan Riddell (1768-1819), 9th Baronet of Riddell
  • Sir James Buchanan Riddell (1765-1784), 8th Baronet of Riddell
  • Sir Walter Buchanan Riddell (1763-1784), 7th Baronet of Riddell
  • Sir John Riddell (1726-1768), 6th Baronet of Riddell
  • Mark Robert Riddell (b. 1981), Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played from 2001-2011
  • ...
 More

Riddell Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Miss Alice Riddell, British Stewardess from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
 More

Most Popular Family Crest Products
 
Riddell Armorial History With Coat of ArmsRiddell Armorial History With Coat of Arms
Riddell Coat of Arms & Surname History PackageRiddell Coat of Arms & Surname History Package
Riddell Family Crest Image (jpg) Heritage SeriesRiddell Family Crest Image (jpg) Heritage Series
Riddell Coat of Arms/Family Crest Key-chainRiddell Coat of Arms/Family Crest Key-chain
Riddell Coat of Arms/Family Crest Coffee MugRiddell Coat of Arms/Family Crest Coffee Mug
Riddell Armorial History with FrameRiddell Armorial History with Frame
Riddell Framed Surname History and Coat of ArmsRiddell Framed Surname History and Coat of Arms

 More

 More

Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  11. ...

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

This page was last modified on 3 June 2016 at 08:26.

Sign Up

  

FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more