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The Ritt 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.

Ritt Early Origins



The surname Ritt 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.

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Ritt Spelling Variations


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Ritt 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 Ritt include Ritter, Ritther, Rytter, Ryther, Ridder, Rider, Rhitter and many more.

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Ritt Early History


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Ritt Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ritt 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 Ritt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ritt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ritt Early Notables (pre 1700)



During this period prominent bearers of the name Ritt 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 Ritt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Austria 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 Ritt or a variant listed above:

Ritt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johannes Jacob Ritt, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Johan Peter Ritt, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749

Ritt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anton Ritt, who arrived in Brazil in 1871
  • Peter Ritt, who landed in Brazil in 1871

Ritt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Abel Ritt, aged 20, who settled in America from London, in 1904
  • Daniel Ritt, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1904
  • Boris Ritt, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States, in 1914
  • Alfredo Ritt, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1920
  • Charles Ritt, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1922

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ritt (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ritt (post 1700)



  • Joseph Fels Ritt (1893-1951), American mathematician at Columbia University
  • Martin Ritt (1914-1990), American Oscar Award nominated director, actor, and playwright from New York City
  • Samuel H. Ritt, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from East Haddam, 1937-40

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    2. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    3. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    4. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    5. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    6. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    10. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    11. ...

    The Ritt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ritt 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 30 October 2015 at 09:58.

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