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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Reddick, Redick, Redicke, Riddock, Riddoch, Ridock, Riddick and many more.

First found in Kirkcudbright, where they held a family seat. They held a family seat in the barony of Reddick, slurred as in Berwick from Red Wick. The early pronunciation of the name was Rerrick, hence, Archdeacon Gilbert de Rerrick of Glasgow who was elected to Scottish Parliament in 1467. At this time the name took on the more modern spelling of Reddik, and John Reddik was chief of his name in 1599. He held a family seat at Barharrow.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Riddick research. Another 153 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 164 and 1646 are included under the topic Early Riddick History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Riddick Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Martin Riddick, aged 26, who landed in America from Leeds, in 1901
  • Andrew Riddick, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Southampton, England, in 1907
  • James Riddick, aged 20, who settled in America from Kilrush, Ireland, in 1907
  • John Riddick, aged 27, who emigrated to America from Dumfries, in 1907
  • Wm. Jas. Riddick, aged 48, who settled in America from Bodmin, England, in 1910


Riddick Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Riddick, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Velocity"

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  • Andre Riddick (b. 1973), American professional basketball player
  • Steven Earl "Steve" Riddick (1951-1976), American gold medalist relay runner at the 1976 Summer Olympics
  • Robbert Lee Riddick (b. 1957), American NFL football running back
  • Raymond Ernest Riddick (1917-1976), American football player and coach
  • Graham Edward Galloway Riddick (b. 1955), English Conservative Party Member of Parliament for Colne Valley in West Yorkshire


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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: Tu ne cede malis
Motto Translation: Yield not to misfortunes.

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  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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  5. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  6. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  8. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  9. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  10. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
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The Riddick Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Riddick 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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