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

The name Rigler has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in a settlement called Wrigley, which experts theorize was in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Rigler belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Rigler have been found, including Wrigley, Wrigly, Rigley, Riggeley and others.

First found in Staffordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rigler research. Another 212 words(15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rigler History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Rigler, or a variant listed above:

Rigler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Leonard Rigler, who landed in Georgia in 1742

Rigler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Mersher Rigler, who arrived in Mississippi in 1876

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The Rigler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rigler 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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