The name Riddlar finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxons
. It was given to one who worked as a sifter of corn, sand or lime for mortar. Occupational
names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational
names have remained fairly commonplace in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational
suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith and wright.
Early Origins of the Riddlar family
The surname Riddlar was first found in Lincolnshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Riddlar family
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Riddlar Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Riddlar has been recorded under many different variations, including Ridler, Riddler, Ridlar, Riddlar and others.
Early Notables of the Riddlar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Riddlar family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Riddlar or a variant listed above: Alexander Ridler arrived in San Francisco in 1850.