Origins Available: Belgium
Early Origins of the Riddler family
The surname Riddler was first found in Belgium, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. Riddler is of Norman origin, the surname having been created from the personal name
Ridel. The source of this personal name is somewhat uncertain: some scholars think it may come from the Old French word 'ridel,' which meant "small hill," others cite the Germanic word 'rid,' which meant "ride." The Normans
, originally of Viking origin established their presence in Normandy
in the 900s, and by the second half of the 11th century held present day Belgium, Holland, most of France, much of the British Isles, Southern Italy, and parts of Spain
. Forms of this surname likely traveled amongst Norman controlled territories.
The name was a baronial name in Aquitaine, France, where the first recorded instance of Riddler is of Gerard Riddell, Baron
of Blaye, who was granted lands of the Abbey of Fons Dulcis near Bordeaux in circa 1030. One branch of the family possessed estates in Normandy
in 1165. A Geoffry Ridel, recorded in Normandy
in 1180 was later recorded in Scotland
and received grants from King David I. The name is also known to have accompanied William I's Norman Conquest
, which began in 1066. Bearers of Riddler were certainly a most influential family.
Early History of the Riddler family
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Riddler Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Riddel, Riddle, Riddall, Ridal, Ridel, Riddle, Riddler, Riddell, De Riddler and many more.
Early Notables of the Riddler family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Riddler family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Riddler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Jamieson Riddler, who settled in Illinois from Scotland
Riddler Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Riddler, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Mitchell" in 1849 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The JOHN MITCHELL 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849JohnMitchell.htm
Contemporary Notables of the name Riddler (post 1700)
- DJ Riddler, born Richie Pangilinan, an American dance DJ, producer, remixer, music director