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The Anglo-Saxon name Ridler comes from when its first bearer worked as a sifter of corn, sand or lime for mortar. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational names have remained fairly commonplace in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith and wright.

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The surname Ridler was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Ridler include Ridler, Riddler, Ridlar, Riddlar and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ridler research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1635 and 1733 are included under the topic Early Ridler History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ridler or a variant listed above:

Ridler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Alexander Ridler, who arrived in San Francisco in 1850
  • Alexander Ridler arrived in San Francisco in 1850
  • Albert Ridler, aged 31, landed in New York, NY in 1855
  • William Ridler, aged 30, arrived in New York, NY in 1855

Ridler Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Ridler, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia

Ridler Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Ridler landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843 aboard the ship ThomasSparks
  • James Ridler a farmer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Romulus" in 1862

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  • Beulah Ridler, American Democrat politician, Member of Iowa Democratic State Central Committee, 1949
  • Horace Ridler (1886-1969), American sideshow performer
  • Anne Barbara Ridler OBE (1912-2001), British poet and Faber and Faber editor
  • Tony Ridler (b. 1954), retired Welsh professional darts player
  • Vivian Ridler (1914-2009), Printer to the University of Oxford


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The Ridler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ridler 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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