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Ritch is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Ritch family lived in Hampshire. Their name, however, is a reference to Riche, in Lorraine, France, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Another equally valid derivation of the name suggests that it is patronymic, which means it was adapted from the first name of the original bearer's father. According to this version it comes from the Norman personal name Richard. Ritch is a classic example of an English polygenetic surname, which is a surname that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently.

Ritch Early Origins



The surname Ritch was first found in Hampshire where the first on record include Edmund Rich, Saint Edmund (1175-1240) English churchman, who became Archbishop of Canterbury; and Thomas filius Ricun, who was in the Rotuli Hundredorum in Huntingdonshire in 1274.

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Ritch Spelling Variations


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Ritch Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Rich, Riche, Richin, Riching, Richins, Richings and others.

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Ritch Early History


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Ritch Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ritch research. Another 219 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1547, 1496, 1567, 1540, 1620, 1594, 1675, 1640, 1587, 1658, 1611, 1659, 1660, 1619, 1673, 1625, 1678, 1601, 1667, 1660, 1648, 1699, 1689, 1699, 1692, 1699, 1657 and 1714 are included under the topic Early Ritch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ritch Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ritch Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard Rich (circa 1496-1567), 1st Baron Rich, Lord Chancellor of England during the reign of King Edward VI; Barnabe Rich (1540-1620), English author and soldier; Sir Edwin Rich ( c. 1594-1675), an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons in...

Another 114 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ritch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ritch In Ireland


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Ritch In Ireland



Some of the Ritch family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 43 words (3 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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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Ritch or a variant listed above:

Ritch Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • David Ritch, who landed in Virginia in 1656

Ritch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Ritch, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850

Ritch Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Ritch, aged 38, a mariner, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1838 aboard the barque "Rebecca" from Liverpool, England
  • Janet Ritch, aged 32, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1838 aboard the barque "Rebecca" from Liverpool, England
  • Ann Ritch, aged 4, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1838 aboard the barque "Rebecca" from Liverpool, England
  • Peter Ritch, aged 10 months, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1838 aboard the barque "Rebecca" from Liverpool, England

Ritch Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Ritch, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875

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Motto


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Motto



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: Garde la foy
Motto Translation: Keep the faith.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    11. ...

    The Ritch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ritch 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.

    This page was last modified on 13 November 2013 at 15:03.

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