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Where did the Scottish Ritchie family come from? What is the Scottish Ritchie family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ritchie family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ritchie family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: MacRitchie, Ritchie, MacRichie and others.

First found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ritchie research. Another 162 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ritchie History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Ritchie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Ritchie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 122 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ritchie Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • James Ritchie, who came to New Jersey in 1685
  • Alexander Ritchie, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685
  • James Ritchie, who landed in New Jersey in 1685

Ritchie Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Alexander and Sarah Ritchie, who arrived in New Hampshire in 1736
  • Robert Ritchie, who arrived in Boston in 1758
  • Peter Ritchie, who settled in Philadelphia in 1765
  • Archibald Ritchie, who landed in Virginia in 1770
  • Craig Ritchie, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1772

Ritchie Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Ritchie, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Eliz Ritchie, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Sally Ritchie, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Jane Ritchie, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Nelly Ritchie, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812


  • Alexander Hay Ritchie (1822-1895), Scottish-born, American engraver and painter
  • Brigadier General Richard Stephen Ritchie (b. 1942), American pilot ace of the Vietnam War and recipient of the Air Force Cross, the second highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States Air Force
  • Edward Samuel Ritchie (1814-1895), American inventor and physicist
  • Michael Brunswick Ritchie (1938-2001), American film director
  • Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie (1941-2011), American computer scientist awarded the Turing Award in 1983 and the National Medal of Technology for 1998
  • Brigadier-General William Ludlow Ritchie (1902-1980), American Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief of Naval Forces, Eastern Atlantic & Mediterranean (1948-1949)
  • Charles Thomson Ritchie (1838-1906), created 1st Baron Ritchie of Dundee in 1905
  • Drum-Major Walter Potter Ritchie VC (1892-1965), Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Lieutenant General Sir Neil Methuen Ritchie (1897-1983), British General awarded the Croix de Guerre during WWII
  • Anne Isabella Ritchie (1837-1919), English writer



  • Genealogy of the Descendants of Samuel Diehl and Margaretha Ritchey, his Wife, of Loudpoun County, Va. and Bedford County, Pa., 1740-1828.
  • Descendants of Isaac Ritchie of Virginia by Vergie Ruth Carr Lantz.
  • Singing Family of the Cumberlands by Jean Ritchie.

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: Virtutue acquiritur honos
Motto Translation: Honour is aquired by virtue.


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  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
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The Ritchie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ritchie 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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