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The name may be of patronymic origin, derived from the first name of the father. The name Retzer would indicate the "son of Retzer," 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 Retzer 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.

Retzer Early Origins



The surname Retzer was 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 Retzer 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.

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Retzer Spelling Variations


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Retzer Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Ritz, Ritzel, Ritzenberg, Ritze, Ritzen, Ritzer and many more.

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Retzer Early History


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Retzer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Retzer research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1604 and 1826 are included under the topic Early Retzer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Retzer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Retzer Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Retzer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Retzer, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name Retzer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Retzer (post 1700)



  • Michael Lynn Retzer, American politician and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Tanzania from 2005-2007
  • Kenneth Leo "Ken" Retzer (b. 1934), American former Major League Baseball catcher who played from 1961 to 1964
  • George Retzer (1883-1979), American featherweight wrestler at the 1912 Summer Olympics
  • Michael Retzer (b. 1946), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Mississippi, 2004, 2008; U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania, 2005-07
  • Stephan Retzer (b. 1976), German professional ice hockey defenceman

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    2. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    3. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    4. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    6. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    8. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    9. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    10. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
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    The Retzer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Retzer 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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