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.
Early Origins of the Retzer family
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.
Early History of the Retzer family
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Retzer Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Ritz, Ritzel, Ritzenberg, Ritze, Ritzen, Ritzer and many more.
Early Notables of the Retzer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Retzer family to the New World and Oceana
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Retzer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Retzer (post 1700)
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