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Ruddell is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Ruddell family lived in Yorkshire at Ryedale or in Westmorland at Rydal with Loughrigg. The name Riddell and its variants occur in both locations. Ruddell is a classic example of an English polygenetic surname, which is a surname that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently.

Ruddell Early Origins



The surname Ruddell was first found in Aquitaine where this baronial name was derived from a Gothic race. It was here that the Baron of Blaye ( c. 1030) granted lands to the Abbey of Fons Dulcis near Bordeaux. This grant was confirmed by Gerald de Blavia and one of his sons Geoffre Rudelli (Ridel.) The latter lived 1079-1099 and left for Scotland during the time of King David I. Upon his arrival, he received grants of lands. He was the ancestor of the Riddells, Baronets.

Another Geoffrey Ridel from the preceding generation went to England from Apulia with William Bigod and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. He was Crown Commissioner in 1106. In 1120, he succeeded Ralph Basset as Justiciary.

Stephen Ridell was appointed Lord Chancellor of Ireland in 1186 and years later Stephen Riddel was Lord Chancellor of Ireland (c. 1313-1318). A member of the family of Picard changed his name to Ruddle, at the instance of King Edward IV., to denote his birthplace. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
"Almost all versions of the Battle Abbey Roll include the name of Ridel." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.


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Ruddell Spelling Variations


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Ruddell Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Riddell, Riddle, Riddall, Riddells, Ridel and others.

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Ruddell Early History


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Ruddell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ruddell research. Another 339 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1030, 1106, 1124, 1577, 1582, 1590, 1595, 1601, 1604, 1616, 1663, 1632, 1669, 1700, 1664, 1747 and are included under the topic Early Ruddell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ruddell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ruddell Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ruddell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ruddell In Ireland


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Ruddell In Ireland



Some of the Ruddell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 132 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, travelling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Ruddell or a variant listed above:

Ruddell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Sara Ruddell, who landed in Virginia in 1623

Ruddell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Isaac Ruddell, who arrived in Texas in 1835

Ruddell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Sarah Ruddell arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
  • Eliza Ruddell, aged 24, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
  • Margaret Ruddell, aged 29, a cook, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Parsee" in 1873
  • Mary Ruddell, aged 26, a housemaid, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Parsee" in 1873
  • Richard Ruddell, aged 22, a tailor, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Countess of Kintore" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ruddell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ruddell (post 1700)



  • Captain Isaac Ruddell (1737-1812), 18th century American Virginia State Line officer during the American Revolutionary War
  • Gary Ruddell (b. 1951), American artist
  • David Frederick Ruddell (1871-1957), Irish Anglican priest and hymnist
  • George Ruddell (1865-1866), unionist politician in Northern Ireland
  • Cecil A. "Cec" Ruddell (1917-1990), Australian rules footballer

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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The Ruddell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ruddell 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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