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The surname Riffel was first found in Savoy (French: Savoie) in the Rhône-Alpes region of the French Alps, 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 the region of the Chambery and several members of the family distinguished themselves through their contributions toward the community in which they lived and were rewarded with lands, titles and letters patent confirming their nobility.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Riff, Riffe, Rife, Rif and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Riffel research. Another 152 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Riffel History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Riffel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Jacob Riffel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750

Riffel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Georg Riffel, aged 34, arrived in New York, NY in 1885

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  • Norm D. Riffel (b. 1939), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 2004


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  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
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The Riffel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Riffel 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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