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Riddell Family History

Riddell Surname Meaning

Scottish and northern English: variant of Riddle . A family of the name Riddell has been established in Whitton in Roxburghshire since the mid 12th century when Walter de Riddel from Rydale (North Yorkshire) settled in Scotland after accompanying King David. Another unrelated family of this name have been established in Northumberland since at least the 14th century with William de Ridell having been sheriff of the county in 131

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Reddell, Liddell, Kidwell, Rundell, Briddell, Riedel, Riddel, Sidwell

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Where is the Riddell family from?

You can see how Riddell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Riddell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Riddell families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 218 Riddell families living in Northumberland. This was about 19% of all the recorded Riddell's in United Kingdom. Northumberland had the highest population of Riddell families in 1891.
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What did your Riddell ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Riddell. 8% of Riddell men worked as a General Labourer and 72% of Riddell women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Riddell were Farmer and Housewife. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    8%
  • Joiner
    6%
  • Railway Clerk
    4%
  • Farmer
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    72%
  • Private Means
    5%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    2%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Riddell. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Riddell. For the veterans among your Riddell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Riddell lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Riddell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Riddell in 1942 was 29, and 75 in 2004.

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