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The surname Riffle 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 Riffle research. Another 152 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Riffle History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Riffle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • B Riffle, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850

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  • Kenneth H. Riffle, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates 30th District; Elected 1984


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  1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  2. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. 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. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
  9. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
  10. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
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The Riffle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Riffle 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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