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Where did the German Ritz family come from? What is the German Ritz family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ritz family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ritz family history?The name may be of patronymic origin, derived from the first name of the father. The name Ritz would indicate the "son of Ritz," a pet form of either Richard or Heinrich. The personal name Richard is derived from the Old High German word "rihhi" meaning power or rule, and "hardus" meaning hard, brave, or strong. Heinrich comes from either the Old High German word "hagan" meaning enclosure or hedged in place or "heim or haim" meaning home or settlement. The second part derived from "rihhi." The name may also be of locative origin, from a geographical feature near where the bearer once lived or held land. The toponym Ritz is derived from the Old High German word "hriot" meaning reeds, and thus the name would indicate "one who dwelled near a reedy or swampy place.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Ritz, Ritzel, Ritzenberg, Ritze, Ritzen, Ritzer and many more.
First found in Bavaria, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power. The earliest record of the surname Ritz dates back to the thirteenth century when one Marquard Rizi was recorded in Lindau in 1276. In 1385 one Jakob Ritsch was living in Nydau and Joh. Ritzi was a choirmaster in Constance in 1423.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ritz research. Another 187 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1604 and 1826 are included under the topic Early Ritz History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Ritz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Ritz Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Ritz Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Ritz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ritz 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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