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

The name Riedel was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Riedel family lived in Yorkshire at Ryedale or in Westmorland at Ryedel. The name Riddell and its variants occur in both locations. Riedel is a classic example of an English polygenetic surname, which is a surname that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently.


Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Riddell, Riddle, Riddall, Riddells, Ridel and others.

First found in Aquitaine where this baronial name was derived from a Gothic race. It was here that the Baron of Blaye (c. 1030) granted lands to the Abbey of Fons Dulcis near Bordeaux. This grant was confirmed by Gerald de Blavia and one of his sons Geoffre Rudelli (Ridel.) The latter lived 1079-1099 and left for Scotland during the time of King David I. Upon his arrival, he received grants of lands. He was the ancestor of the Riddells, Baronets. Another Geoffrey Ridel from the preceding generation went to England from Apulia with William Bigod and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. He was Crown Commissioner in 1106. In 1120, he succeeded Ralph Basset as Justiciary. Stephen Ridell was appointed Lord Chancellor of Ireland in 1186 and years later Stephen Riddel was Lord Chancellor of Ireland (c. 1313-1318). A member of the family of Picard changed his name to Ruddle, at the instance of King Edward IV., to denote his birthplace. [1] "Almost all versions of the Battle Abbey Roll include the name of Ridel." [2]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Riedel research. Another 445 words (32 lines of text) covering the years 1030, 1106, 1124, 1577, 1582, 1590, 1595, 1601, 1604, 1616, 1663, 1632, 1669, 1700, 1664, 1747 and are included under the topic Early Riedel History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Riedel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Riedel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Riedel or a variant listed above:

Riedel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Frederic Riedel, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1735
  • Catherine Riedel, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1736
  • Georg Friedrich Riedel, who arrived in New York, NY in 1781

Riedel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Heinrich Riedel, who landed in North America in 1838
  • Maria Elisabeth Riedel, aged 36, arrived in America in 1840
  • Helena Riedel, who arrived in Texas in 1845
  • Johann Riedel, who arrived in Ohio in 1850
  • Andras Riedel, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906

Riedel Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Wilhelm Riedel, aged 44, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874


  • Mrs. Thomas Riedel, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1936
  • Marjorie Riedel, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1932
  • John G. Riedel, American politician, Social Democratic Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly from Sheboygan County 1st District, 1902
  • Ryszard Riedel (1956-1994), Polish blues singer/songwriter
  • Ludwig Riedel (1790-1861), German botanist
  • Klaus Riedel (1907-1944), German rocket pioneer
  • Georg Riedel (b. 1934), Swedish double bass player and composer
  • Beau Riedel (b. 1975), Canadian-born ice hockey goalie


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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.

Other References

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  2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
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The Riedel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Riedel 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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