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Where did the English Riddelsdell family come from? What is the English Riddelsdell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Riddelsdell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Riddelsdell family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Riddlesdale, Ridlesdale, Ridlesdell, Ridlesden, Ridlesdon, Ridesdale, Riddelsdell, Rydeston and many more.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 14th century when they held estates in that shire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Riddelsdell research. Another 274 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1455, 1487, 1556, and 1604 are included under the topic Early Riddelsdell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Riddelsdell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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..

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  • Dame Mildred Riddelsdell, Committee Chairwoman


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  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. 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.
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The Riddelsdell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Riddelsdell 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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