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


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

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.


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.


More information is included under the topic Early Riffel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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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  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
  5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  11. ...

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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