The Rhiter surname is derived from the Middle High German word "rîter," which means "horseback rider" or "knight." It is thus likely that the first people to adopt this as a surname were either knights or descendants of knights.
Early Origins of the Rhiter family
The surname Rhiter was first found in Austria
, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal
System and the nation.
Early History of the Rhiter family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rhiter research.Another 463 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1663, 1262, 1588, 1616, 1759, 1812, 1737, 1645, 1725, 1791, 1869, 1779, 1859, 1833, 1896, 1849 and 1926 are included under the topic Early Rhiter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rhiter Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Rhiter include Ritter, Ritther, Rytter, Ryther, Ridder, Rider, Rhitter and many more.
Early Notables of the Rhiter family (pre 1700)
During this period prominent bearers of the name Rhiter were Christian Ritter (c.
1645-1725?), German composer and organist of the North German organ school; Heinrich Ritter (1791-1869), who was a German historian of philosophy born in Zerbst. He taught at Goettingen for thirty years. Karl... Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rhiter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rhiter family to the New World and Oceana
was made a republic after the First World War. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was broken up by the Treaty of Versailles and many of its people found themselves in the new nation of Czechoslovakia. Many other Austrians and expatriate Austrians made their way to North America in the 20th century. Most landed in Philadelphia, later continuing on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Some Austrian
settlers also went to western Canada and Ontario. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Rhiter or a variant listed above: Hans M. Rider, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1728. Among the several hundred
immigrants who followed this first settler were: Hans Ritter, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1731.