A multitude of prestigious family names, such as the surname Rickter, were formed in the lands which became the modern German state of Prussia
, which is known for its beauty, industry and military power. However, in the medieval era, Prussia
was fragmented and inhabited by numerous barbarian tribes, who fought amongst themselves for control of the land. The borders of the barbarian kingdoms, which were established after the fall of the Roman Empire
, changed repeatedly. The region that came to be known as Prussia
was roughly divided between the territories of Brandenburg-Prussia
, West Prussia
and East Prussia
. The Rickter family emerged in Brandenburg-Prussia, and by the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia
had incorporated East Prussia
, West Prussia
and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the German Unification.
Early Origins of the Rickter family
The surname Rickter was first found in Brandenburg, where this family 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
Early History of the Rickter family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rickter research.Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1767, 1755, 1676, 1711, 1763, 1825, 1749, 1813, 1803 and 1884 are included under the topic Early Rickter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rickter Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Rickter include Richter, Ricter, Rickter, Rychter, Rycter and many more.
Early Notables of the Rickter family (pre 1700)
Prominent bearers of the family name Rickter during this time period were Christoph, or Christian, Friedrich Richter (1676-1711), a German hymnwriter and entomologist; and Johann Paul Richter (1763-1825), one of the most important and popular... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rickter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rickter family to the New World and Oceana
played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany
until after the Second World War. Prussia
was divided among the Soviet Union
, Poland, East Germany
and West Germany
. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many migrated to other parts of Germany
or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Rickter were
Rickter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Ludwig Rickter, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)