The name Riggi is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in Cumberland
. This local
name was dervided from the local at the ridge
or near a ridge.
There are a variety of types of local surnames, some of which include: topographic
surnames, which could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. The surname Riggi comes from the Old English word rigge,
or the Old English word hrycg,
both of which mean ridge. The earliest recorded members of the Riggi family lived in Lancashire.
Early Origins of the Riggi family
The surname Riggi was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Riggi family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Riggi research.Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 156 and 1567 are included under the topic Early Riggi History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Riggi Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Riggi has been spelled many different ways, including Rigge, Rigg, Riggs and others.
Early Notables of the Riggi family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Riggi Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
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Migration of the Riggi family to Ireland
Some of the Riggi family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 43 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Riggi family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Riggis to arrive in North America: William Rigg, who settled in New Jersey in 1685; along with Eupham; John and Thomas Rigges settled in Virginia in 1663; Richard Riggs settled in Virginia in 1637.
Contemporary Notables of the name Riggi (post 1700)
- Giovanni "John the Eagle" Riggi (1925-2015), American mobster and member of the DeCavalcante crime family, inspiration for The Sopranos
The Riggi Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Dum vivo cano
Motto Translation: While alive celebrate.