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Rideau History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


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Early Origins of the Rideau family


The surname Rideau was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), a province on the northern seacoast, where the family has been a prominent family for centuries, and held a family seat with lands and manor. Geoffroi Ridel descended from the ancient counts of Angouleme, and Gerard Ridel was Baron of Blaye in 1030. The family were well established in the region of Calvados and several members of the family distinguished themselves through their contributions toward the community in which they lived and were rewarded with lands, titles and letters patent confirming their nobility.

Early History of the Rideau family


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Rideau Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Rideau, Rudow, Ridow, Reedow, Redoe, Reidow, Redough, Ridel, Ridoux 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: including many of the name who migrated to the New World from the mid 17th century onward.

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)

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