Rideout History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Rideout is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Rideout family lived in Somerset and Yorkshire. There are many thoughts about the origin of the name. Generally, the most logical explanation is that the name was derived from the term redoubt which was a military fortification. [1]

Early Origins of the Rideout family

The surname Rideout was first found in Somerset, where the first on record was Elyas Rydhut listed in that county in the Hundredorum Rolls in 1274. [2] John Ridut was listed in the Assize Rolls of Somerset in 1276 and 1278. [3] There was a Ridout family established early in Edgbaston near Birmingham, and another in Yorkshire, where they intermarried with the distinguished Yorkshire family of Strangeways. A William Rydhowt was on record in the Poll Tax of Yorkshire in 1379. [2]

Early History of the Rideout family

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Rideout Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Rideout include Ridout, Rideout and others.

Early Notables of the Rideout family (pre 1700)

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United States Rideout migration to the United States +

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Rideouts to arrive on North American shores:

Rideout Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Rideout, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1676
Rideout Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J R Rideout, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]
  • S Rideout, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]
  • Edw. G. Rideout, aged 19, who arrived in San Francisco, California, in 1892
Rideout Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Frederick Watney Coff.. Rideout, who arrived in America, in 1901
  • Edward Rideout, aged 31, who arrived in America, in 1905
  • Percival Frank Rideout, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1906
  • Solomon Rideout, aged 32, who arrived in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1907
  • Jeannette Rideout, aged 9, who arrived in America, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Rideout migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rideout Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Lilla Rideout, aged 22, who arrived in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1895
Rideout Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Walter Rideout, aged 26, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1905
  • Percival Rideout, aged 51, who arrived in Toronto, Canada, in 1908
  • Ida Rideout, aged 23, who arrived in Moubone Harbour, Newfoundland, in 1912
  • Clarence Walter Rideout, aged 38, who arrived in Canada, in 1918
  • Eileen Rideout, aged 25, who arrived in St Johns, Newfoundland, in 1923

Australia Rideout migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Rideout Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Rideout, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [5]

New Zealand Rideout migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Rideout Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Robert Rideout, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
  • George Rideout, aged 19, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dilharree" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Rideout (post 1700) +

  • Nancie Rideout, American Masters Tournament water ski overall winner in 1959
  • Alice Rideout (b. 1874), American sculptor, best known for her work on the Women's Building at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago
  • Henry Milner Rideout (1877-1927), American author
  • Paul Rideout (b. 1964), English professional football player
  • Kyle Rideout (b. 1984), Canadian actor, writer, and film director
  • George Saunders Rideout (b. 1945), Canadian politician, Member of the House of Commons (1988-1997), Mayor of Moncton, New Brunswick (1983-1988)
  • Chester Franklin Rideout MD CM (1942-2011), Canadian recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross during World War II
  • Bonnie Rideout (b. 1962), American award winning Scottish fiddler
  • Thomas Gerald Rideout (b. 1948), Canadian politician, 4th Premier of Newfoundland (1989)
  • Sherwood Rideout (1917-1964), Canadian politician, Member of Parliament for Westmorland (1962-1964)
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Rideout Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Toutz foitz chevalier
Motto Translation: Always a knight.

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm

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