The name Riken is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from 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 Riken comes from the Old English word rigge,
or the Old English word hrycg,
both of which mean ridge. The earliest recorded members of the Riken family lived in Lancashire.
Early Origins of the Riken family
The surname Riken 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 Riken family
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Riken Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Riken are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Riken include: Rigge, Rigg, Riggs and others.
Early Notables of the Riken family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Riken family to Ireland
Some of the Riken 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 Riken family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Riken or a variant listed above: 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.
The Riken 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.