Riddle Family History

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Riddle Name Meaning

habitational name from Ryedale in North Yorkshire, being the valley of the river Rye (a name of Celtic origin). variant of Riddell.

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

Similar surnames: Grindle, Hindle, Weddle, Idle, Ruddle, Ridler, Windle, Ridgley

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Riddle Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Riddle name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Riddle. 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


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Riddle Family Origin

Where is the Riddle family from?

Riddle Family Occupations

What did your Riddle ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Riddle. The most common Riddle occupation in the USA was Farmer. 46% of Riddle's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Riddle family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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

Riddle Historical Records

What Riddle family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 169,000 census records available for the last name Riddle. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Riddle 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 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Riddle. 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 34,000 military records available for the last name Riddle. For the veterans among your Riddle ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Riddle Life Expectancy

What is the average Riddle lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Riddle life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Riddle in 1941 was 36, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Riddle 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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