Riddell Family History

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Riddell Name Meaning

Scottish and northern English: from a Norman personal name, Ridel. Reaney explains this as a nickname from Old French ridel ‘small hill’ (a diminutive of ride ‘fold’, of Germanic origin), but a more probable source is a Germanic personal name derived from the element rid ‘ride’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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

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Riddell Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Riddell name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Riddell. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Riddell Family Origin

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Riddell Family Occupations

What did your Riddell ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Riddell. A less common occupation for the Riddell family was Laborer. The most common Riddell occupation in the USA was Farmer. 27% of Riddell's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter

  • Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Riddell ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Riddell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 74,000 census records available for the last name Riddell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Riddell census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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

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Draft Card

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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Riddell Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Riddell ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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