Ritcher History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change, including many immigrants with new names. Among these were the ancestors of the Ritcher family, whose name comes from the Old German name Ricard, meaning powerful and brave.

Early Origins of the Ritcher family

The surname Ritcher was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat at Hatfield being ancient Lords of the manor of Ricard or Rycard. Over on the Isle of Wight in Yaverland, a small branch of the family was found at one time. "An ancient mansion of the Russells here, subsequently of the Richards family, and now a farmhouse, is a good specimen of the Elizabethan style." [1]

Early History of the Ritcher family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ritcher research. Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1379, 1817, 1641, 1668, 1643, 1705, 1694, 1692, 1669, 1709, 1673, 1721, 1630, 1654, 1564, 1643, 1705, 1527, 1522 and 1728 are included under the topic Early Ritcher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ritcher 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 Richards, Richard, Ricard, Rycard and others.

Early Notables of the Ritcher family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include William Richards, Captain and Vice Admiral of Kent; Ralph Richards, rector of Helmdon, Northamptonshire from 1641 to 1668; and his son, William Richards (1643-1705), an English clergyman and author; and John Richards (died 1694), English-born, colonial military officer, businessman, politician, and magistrate in America, best known for his participation in the Salem witch trials in 1692. John Richards (1669-1709), was a British Major-General...
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Ireland Migration of the Ritcher family to Ireland

Some of the Ritcher family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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New Zealand Ritcher migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Ritcher Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Anna Mary Ritcher, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [2]
  • Marian Ritcher, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [2]
  • Margaret Ritcher, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [2]
  • Anna Ritcher, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [2]
  • Edgar J. Ritcher, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Ritcher 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: Honore et amore
Motto Translation: With honour and love.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm


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