Ritchie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Ritchie family

The surname Ritchie was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Ritchie family

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Ritchie Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: MacRitchie, Ritchie, MacRichie and others.

Early Notables of the Ritchie family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Ritchie family to Ireland

Some of the Ritchie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Ritchie migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ritchie Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Ritchie, who settled in New Jersey in 1685
  • Alexander Ritchie, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685 [1]
  • James Ritchie, who landed in New Jersey in 1685 [1]
Ritchie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Alexander and Sarah Ritchie, who arrived in New Hampshire in 1736
  • Robert Ritchie, who arrived in Boston in 1758
  • Peter Ritchie, who settled in Philadelphia in 1765
  • Archibald Ritchie, who landed in Virginia in 1770 [1]
  • Craig Ritchie, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1772 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Ritchie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Ritchie, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1802 [1]
  • Eliz Ritchie, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Sally Ritchie, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812 [1]
  • Jane Ritchie, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812 [1]
  • Nelly Ritchie, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Ritchie migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ritchie Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Andrew George Ritchie Sr., U.E. (b. 1760) born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA from Massachusetts, USA who settled in Annapolis County, Nova Scotia c. 1784 he served in the Loyal American Association, married to Elizabeth Card having 7 children, he died in 1828 [2]
  • Mr. Andrew Stirling Ritchie U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. James Ritchie U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. John Ritchie U.E. who settled in Ernest Town [Ernestown], Lennox & Addington, Ontario c. 1786 [2]
Ritchie Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Ritchie, aged 47, a blacksmith, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Janet Ritchie, aged 42, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • John Ritchie, aged 21, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Janet Ritchie, aged 19, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Marion Ritchie, aged 17, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Ritchie migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Ritchie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Alexander Ritchie, British Convict who was convicted in Inverary, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 5th November 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land)1836 [3]
  • John Ritchie, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caspar" in 1849 [4]
  • J. Ritchie, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indian" in 1849 [5]
  • John Ritchie, aged 23, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Indian" [5]
  • James Ritchie, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Agincourt" [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Ritchie 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:

Ritchie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Ritchie, aged 40, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • Miss Ann Ritchie, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Three Bells" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 13th July 1858 [7]
  • A.J. Ritchie, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Three Bells" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 13th July 1858 [7]
  • Miss Matilda Ritchie, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Jura" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd September 1858 [8]
  • Mr. Ritchie, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lord Ashley" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th October 1858 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Ritchie (post 1700) +

  • Jay Seay Ritchie (1935-2016), American right-handed Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1964 to 1968
  • Jean Ritchie (1922-2015), American folk music singer, songwriter
  • Brigadier-General William Ludlow Ritchie (1902-1980), American Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief of Naval Forces, Eastern Atlantic & Mediterranean (1948-1949) [9]
  • Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie (1941-2011), American computer scientist awarded the Turing Award in 1983 and the National Medal of Technology for 1998
  • Michael Brunswick Ritchie (1938-2001), American film director
  • Edward Samuel Ritchie (1814-1895), American inventor and physicist
  • Brigadier General Richard Stephen Ritchie (b. 1942), American pilot ace of the Vietnam War and recipient of the Air Force Cross, the second highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States Air Force [10]
  • Alexander Hay Ritchie (1822-1895), Scottish-born, American engraver and painter
  • C. S. Ritchie, American politician, Mayor of Wichita, Kansas, 1947-48 [11]
  • Byron Foster Ritchie (1853-1928), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Ohio 9th District, 1893-95 [11]
  • ... (Another 50 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Thomas B Ritchie (b. 1919), Scottish Electrical Artificer 4th Class serving for the Royal Navy from Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [12]
  • Mr. James S Ritchie (b. 1917), English Petty Officer Telegraphist serving for the Royal Navy from Hartlepool, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [12]
HMS Royal Oak
  • George L. Ritchie, British Surgeon Commander with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [13]
  • Robert Crook Ritchie (1914-1939), British Seaman with the Royal Navy Reserve aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [13]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. William Joss Ritchie, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [14]


The Ritchie 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: Virtutue acquiritur honos
Motto Translation: Honour is aquired by virtue.


Suggested Readings for the name Ritchie +

  • 1083 "Genealogy of the Descendants of Samuel Diehl and Margaretha Ritchey, his Wife, of Loudpoun County, Va. and Bedford County, Pa., 1740-1828", "Descendants of Isaac Ritchie of Virginia" by Vergie Ruth Carr Lantz, "Singing Family of the Cumberlands" by Jean Ritchie.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1835
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The CASPAR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Caspar.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The INDIAN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Indian.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The AGINCOURT 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Agincourt.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) William Ritchie. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Ritchie/William_Ludlow/USA.html
  10. ^ Richard Ritchie. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Richard Ritchie. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._Stephen_Ritchie
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  12. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  13. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  14. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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