Rigden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Rigden family

The surname Rigden was first found in Kent where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 14th century when they held estates in that county.

Early History of the Rigden family

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Rigden Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rigden, Rigdon, Rykedon, Rykden, Rykedon and others.

Early Notables of the Rigden family (pre 1700)

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United States Rigden migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rigden Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Gerald Rigden, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1908
  • Gerald Townes Rigden, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1909
  • Gerald Founes Rigden, aged 26, who settled in America from Enfield Green, England, in 1910
  • Lillian S. Rigden, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Enfield Green, England, in 1910
  • Mears Rigden, aged 28, who landed in America from London, England, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Rigden migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rigden Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Harry Rigden, aged 31, who settled in Moose Jaw, Sask., Canada, in 1915

Australia Rigden migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Rigden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Rigden, English convict who was convicted in Kent, England for life, transported aboard the "Emerald Isle" on 25th June 1842, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Rigden (post 1700) +

  • John S. Rigden, American physicist, editor of the American Journal of Physics from 1975 to 1985


  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 27th March 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/emily


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