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Where did the English Ridgel family come from? What is the English Ridgel family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ridgel family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ridgel family history?

The Ridgel surname is thought to be a habitational name, derived perhaps from the place name Rugeley, in Staffordshire.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Ridgeley, Ridgley, Ridgly and others.

First found in Staffordshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ridgel research. Another 125 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 161 and 1614 are included under the topic Early Ridgel History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 37 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ridgel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Ridgel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Thomas Ridgley, who settled in Virginia in 1635; Richard Ridgill, who arrived in Maryland in 1670; William Ridgell, who came to Jamaica in 1684; Thomas Ridgley, who settled in New Orleans in 1823.

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  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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The Ridgel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ridgel Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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