Origins Available: English
Early Origins of the Rideau family
The surname Rideau was first found in Lancashire
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 year 1324 when William de Redihalgh held estates in that shire.
Early History of the Rideau family
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Rideau Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Ridealgh, Redihalgh, Redheugh, Reddihough, Readyhough, Reddyhoff, Riddihough, Riddihough, Reddihalg, Redhough, Ridhough, Ridehalgh, Redihough, Redenough, Ridehalgh, Riddeough and many more.
Early Notables of the Rideau family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rideau family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: settlers, who arrived along the eastern seaboard, from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands.
Contemporary Notables of the name Rideau (post 1700)
- Wilbert Rideau (b. 1942), American convicted killer and former death row inmate in Louisiana who became an author and award-winning prison journalist, "the most rehabilitated prisoner in America" according to Life magazine in 1993
- Brandon Rideau (b. 1982), American former football wide receiver, member of the Toronto Argonauts (2010-2011) and Chicago Bears (2006-2008)