Riel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Riel family

The surname Riel was first found in Forez, a former province of France, now part of the modern Loire, the Haute-Loire and Puy-de-Dôme départements, where the family has been a prominent family for centuries, and held a family seat with lands and manor. The family were well established in this region and several members of the family distinguished themselves through their contributions toward the community in which they lived. They were rewarded with lands, titles and letters patent confirming their nobility.

Early History of the Riel family

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Riel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Real, Reael, Reaele, Reals, Riel, Rielle, Rill, Rille, Rile, Rele, Relle, Rels, Rhels, Rhelle, Rhel, Riels, Rhels, van Riel, van Rielle, Réal, Reau, Rheaume, Reaumur and many more.

Early Notables of the Riel family (pre 1700)

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United States Riel migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Riel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jean Riel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1797 [1]
Riel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Bernh Heinr Riel, who landed in America in 1844 [1]
  • Heinrich Riel, who arrived in Texas in 1844 [1]
  • Elizabeth Riel, aged 49, who landed in America in 1892 [1]
  • Margretha Riel, aged 10, who landed in America in 1892 [1]
  • Theresia Riel, aged 26, who arrived in America in 1892 [1]

Canada Riel migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Riel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jean-Baptiste Riel, who settled in Sorel, Quebec in 1704
  • Jean-Baptiste Riel, son of Jean-Baptiste and Louise, who married Louise Cottu, daughter of François and Jeanne, in La Visitation-de-l'île-Dupas, Quebec on 21st January 1704 [2]
  • Jacques Riel, son of Jean-Baptiste and Louise, who married Élisabeth De Ganne, daughter of Léon and Marie-Jeanne, in Saint-Sulpice, Quebec on 18th May 1730 [2]
  • Maurice Riel, son of Jean-Baptiste and Louise, who married Marie-Anne Delguiel, daughter of Charles and Marie-Anne, in Repentigny, Quebec on 21st April 1738 [2]
  • Antoine Riel, son of Jean-Baptiste and Louise, who married Marie-Anne Perrot, daughter of Claude and Marie, in Saint-Sulpice, Quebec on 12th January 1739 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Riel (post 1700) +

  • Louis Riel (1844-1885), Canadian politician, founder of the province of Manitoba, political and spiritual leader of the Métis people who led two uprisings against the Canadian government: Red River Rebellion of 1869–1870; and The North-West Rebellion (1884)
  • Pauline S. Riel, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Ohio, 2000 [3]
  • Alex Riel (b. 1940), Danish jazz and rock drummer
  • Maurice Riel PC, QC (1922-2007), Canadian Senator


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 24) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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