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

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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.


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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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More information is included under the topic Early Riffle Notables 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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  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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  6. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
  7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
  10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. 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.

This page was last modified on 23 September 2010 at 15:35.

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