Ridenour History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Ridenour family
The surname Ridenour was first found in Radnorshire (Welsh: Sir Faesyfed), a former historic county of mid-Wales, anciently part of the kingdom of Powys, where they held a family seat.  
The Celtic resistance north and south along the border of Wales and England was considerably increased after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The Normans met more resistance from the Welsh than in the rest of England.
The Welsh fought from behind their hills and mountains and tenaciously held their ground. Finally, Edward 1st, to placate this founding nation, conferred the principality of Wales upon his eldest son, who became Edward II. This brought Wales into England as an equal while the King was alive, and integral part of the royal title when on the throne. Edward III confirmed and all Princes of Wales were presented to the Welsh people at Caernarvon Castle. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Welsh surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1193 when John Radenoura held estates in Radnor and Herefordshire.  They were allied by marriage to the Ap Reese of Washingly.
Early History of the Ridenour family
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Ridenour Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Ridenour, Ridener, Ridner, Radnor, Radnall, Redinhale, Radner, Radmall and many more.
Early Notables of the Ridenour family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Ridenour is the 3,733rd most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. 
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Ridenour Settlers in United States in the 20th Century