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Spelling variations of this family name include: Rittenhause, Rittenhausen, Ritterhausen, Ritterhause, Rittenhouse, Ritterhouse and many more.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rittenour research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1653, 1874, 1644, 1708 and 1691 are included under the topic Early Rittenour History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 91 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rittenour Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Wilhelm Rittenhouse and his brothers Claus and Gerhard, who emigrated from Wuppertal to Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1688; David Rittenhouse, who came to Pennsylvania in 1777.
The Rittenour Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rittenour 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.