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The name Riordan has changed considerably in the time that has passed since its genesis. It originally appeared in Gaelic as O Riordain. The original form of the surname was O Rioghbhardain, which was originally derived from the words "riogh bhard," meaning "royal bard."

Riordan Early Origins



The surname Riordan was first found in County Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster.

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Riordan Spelling Variations


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Riordan Spelling Variations



Individual scribes in the Ireland during the Middle Ages would often record a person's name various ways. How the name was recorded depended on what that particular scribe believed the proper spelling for the name pronounced to him was. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the Riordan family name include O'Riordan, Riordan, O'Rearden, Rearden and others.

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Riordan Early History


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Riordan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Riordan research. Another 225 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1750 are included under the topic Early Riordan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Riordan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Riordan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Riordan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many destitute Irish families in the 18th and 19th centuries decided to leave their homeland, which had in many ways been scarred by English colonial rule. One of the most frequent destinations for these families was North America where it was possible for an Irish family to own their own parcel of land. Many of the early settlers did find land awaiting them in British North America, or even later in America, but for the majority of immigrants that arrived as a result of the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s the ownership of land was often a long way off. These Irish people were initially put to work on such industrial projects as the building of bridges, canals, and railroads, or they worked at manufacturing positions within factories. Whenever they arrived, the Irish made enormous contributions to the infant nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the earliest immigrants to bearer the name of Riordan were found through extensive research of immigration and passenger lists:

Riordan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Coleman Riordan, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Catherine, Elizabeth, Joanna, and Kate Riordan, who all settled in Boston in 1844
  • Michael Riordan, who arrived in New York in 1847
  • John Riordan, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • C Riordan, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Riordan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Riordan, aged 20, landed in Canada in 1823
  • Judy Riordan, aged 21, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork, Ireland
  • Patrick Riordan, aged 24, a plasterer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Matilda" from Cork, Ireland
  • Mary Riordan, aged 23, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Matilda" from Cork, Ireland
  • Michael Riordan, aged 2, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Matilda" from Cork, Ireland

Riordan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Riordan, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  • Alice Riordan, aged 14, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849
  • Mary Riordan, aged 18, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849
  • Ellen Riordan, aged 19, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849
  • Ellen Riordan, aged 19, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Elgin"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Riordan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Timothy Riordan arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1858
  • James Riordan, aged 18, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dunedin" in 1875
  • Patrick Riordan, aged 23, a farm labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1876
  • Bridget Riordan, aged 20, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1876
  • Daniel Riordan, aged 5 mths., arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1876
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Riordan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Riordan (post 1700)



  • Philip J. Riordan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1924
  • Leo A. Riordan (1909-2007), American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 28th District, 1940
  • Joseph A. Riordan, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hudson County, 1905, 1907
  • James J. Riordan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1928
  • Ray J. Riordan Jr., American Republican politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Senate 24th District, 1972
  • Richard J. Riordan (b. 1930), American Republican politician, Mayor of Los Angeles, California, 1993-2001; Candidate in primary for Governor of California, 2002
  • Sarah S. Riordan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 2008
  • T. T. Riordan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1956
  • Thomas J. Riordan, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1932
  • William J. Riordan, American politician, Farmer-Labor Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 5th District, 1922
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Riordan Historic Events


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Riordan Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Miss Hannah Riordan, aged 18, Irish Third Class passenger from Glenlougha, Cork who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived in the sinking in life boat 13

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Motto


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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: Pro Deo et patria
Motto Translation: For God and country.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817

Other References

  1. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  2. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
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The Riordan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Riordan 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 1 September 2016 at 02:21.

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