Rittenhouse History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Rittenhouse family

The surname Rittenhouse was first found in Austria, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

Early History of the Rittenhouse family

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Rittenhouse Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rittenhause, Rittenhausen, Ritterhausen, Ritterhause, Rittenhouse, Ritterhouse and many more.

Early Notables of the Rittenhouse family (pre 1700)

During this period prominent bearers of the name Rittenhouse were William Rittenhouse (1644-1708), born Wilhelm Rittinghause (Rittenhuysen) the German-born, American settler of Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1691 credited as...
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Rittenhouse Ranking

In the United States, the name Rittenhouse is the 5,434th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]


United States Rittenhouse migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rittenhouse Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Wilhelm Rittenhouse and his brothers Claus and Gerhard, who emigrated from Wuppertal to Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1688
  • Wilhelm Rittenhouse, who landed in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1688 [2]
Rittenhouse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • David Rittenhouse, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1777
  • Samuel Rittenhouse, who was reported as a runaway convict, servant, or apprentice in Montgomery, Pennsylvania in 1789
  • Christian Rittenhouse, who settled in Philadelphia in 1798

Contemporary Notables of the name Rittenhouse (post 1700) +

  • William R. Rittenhouse, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1868 [3]
  • William Rittenhouse, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Wisconsin State Senate 8th District, 1850-51 [3]
  • N. M. Rittenhouse, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1896 [3]
  • Martin L. Rittenhouse, American politician, Mayor of Paris, Illinois, 1925 [3]
  • John P. Rittenhouse, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hunterdon County, 1856-57 [3]
  • John C. Rittenhouse, American Democratic Party politician, Mayor of Cheboygan, Michigan; Elected 1914; Delegate to Michigan convention to ratify 21st amendment from Cheboygan District, 1933 [3]
  • Franklin P. R. Rittenhouse, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Nevada, 1955-58 [3]
  • Emmett Rittenhouse, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1908 [3]
  • Diana A. Rittenhouse, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Florida, 1992 [3]
  • Cyrus E. Rittenhouse, American Democratic Party politician, Postmaster at Newark, Delaware, 1933-50 (acting, 1933-34) [3]
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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