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The surname Ritchie was 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.

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


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ritchie Settlers in 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 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
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Ritchie Settlers in 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
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Ritchie Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Andrew George Ritchie Sr., U.E. (b. 1760) born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA from Massachusetts, USA who settled in Annapolis County, Nova Scotia c. 1784 he served in the Loyal American Association, married to Elizabeth Card having 7 children, he died in 1828
  • Mr. Andrew Stirling Ritchie U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. James Ritchie U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. John Ritchie U.E. who settled in Ernest Town [Ernestown], Lennox & Addington, Ontario c. 1786

Ritchie Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Ritchie, aged 47, a blacksmith, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Janet Ritchie, aged 42, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • John Ritchie, aged 21, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Janet Ritchie, aged 19, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Marion Ritchie, aged 17, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
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Ritchie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Ritchie, aged 23, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Indian"
  • John Ritchie arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caspar" in 1849
  • J. Ritchie arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indian" in 1849
  • James Ritchie, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Agincourt"
  • Margaret Ritchie, aged 21, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Omega"
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Ritchie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Ritchie, aged 40, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • Thomas Ritchie arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1859
  • John Ritchie arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
  • Margaret Ritchie arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
  • William Ritchie arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
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  • Jay Seay Ritchie (1935-2016), American right-handed Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1964 to 1968
  • Jean Ritchie (1922-2015), American folk music singer, songwriter
  • 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)
  • Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie (1941-2011), American computer scientist awarded the Turing Award in 1983 and the National Medal of Technology for 1998
  • Michael Brunswick Ritchie (1938-2001), American film director
  • Edward Samuel Ritchie (1814-1895), American inventor and physicist
  • C. S. Ritchie, American politician, Mayor of Wichita, Kansas, 1947-48
  • Byron Foster Ritchie (1853-1928), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Ohio 9th District, 1893-95
  • Albert Cabell Ritchie (1876-1936), American Democrat politician, Maryland State Attorney General, 1915-19; Governor of Maryland, 1920-35; Defeated, 1934; Candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1924, 1932
  • Albert Ritchie, American Democrat politician, Law professor; Delegate to Maryland State Constitutional Convention, 1867; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1888
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Ritchie Historic Events



HMS Hood

  • Mr. Thomas B Ritchie (b. 1919), Scottish Electrical Artificer 4th Class serving for the Royal Navy from Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. James S Ritchie (b. 1917), English Petty Officer Telegraphist serving for the Royal Navy from Hartlepool, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. William Joss Ritchie, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
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  • 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.
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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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    Other References

    1. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    2. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    3. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    4. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    5. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    6. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    8. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    10. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
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