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Ridgwell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Early Origins of the Ridgwell family


The surname Ridgwell was first found in Essex, where the name first appeared in the 13th century. Like many surnames, Ridgwell was taken from the place where its original bearer lived and presumably held some degree of power, in this case Ridgewell, in Essex. The name of the place is a compound of the words "ridge" and "well," though at the time "well" signified a natural spring more than what we think of as a well today. It seems therefore logical that the place was named for a nearby spring, presumably at the base of a ridge.

Early History of the Ridgwell family


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Ridgwell Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Ridgewell, Ridgwell, Redgewell, Redgwell and others.

Early Notables of the Ridgwell family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Ridgwell family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ridgwell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Ridgwell, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839PrinceRegent.htm
  • Ann Maria Ridgwell, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839PrinceRegent.htm
  • James Ridgwell, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839PrinceRegent.htm
  • John Ridgwell, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839PrinceRegent.htm

Contemporary Notables of the name Ridgwell (post 1700)


  • Andy Ridgwell (b. 1969), Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia, Canada

The Ridgwell 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: Mihi Gravato Deus
Motto Translation: Let God lay the burden on me.


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Citations


  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839PrinceRegent.htm

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