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Multiple Origins for the Surname Ritter


German


The Ritter 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.

Ritter Early Origins



The surname Ritter 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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Ritter Spelling Variations


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Ritter Spelling Variations



Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Ritter include Ritter, Ritther, Rytter, Ryther, Ridder, Rider, Rhitter and many more.

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Ritter Early History


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Ritter Early History



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

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Ritter Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ritter Early Notables (pre 1700)



During this period prominent bearers of the name Ritter 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 Ritter 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



After the First World War, Austria became a republi c. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North Ameri ca. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Ritter were

Ritter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Ritter, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1731
  • Christopher Ritter, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1731
  • Crates Ritter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1731
  • Hans Ritter, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1731
  • Adam Ritter, aged 27, landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ritter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johan Conrad Ritter moved to Philadelphia in 1802
  • Fredk Ritter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Daniel Ritter, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Emilie Ritter, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Ernst Ritter, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ritter Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Helene Ritter, aged 48, landed in Chile in 1901

Ritter Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Sperons Ritter U.E., (Hyronimus, Riter) who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

Ritter Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Eliza A. Ritter, aged 18, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ritter (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ritter (post 1700)



  • James P. Ritter (1930-2015), American design draftsman and politician, Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1969-1982)
  • Preston James Ritter (1949-2015), American drummer, drum teacher and author
  • Brigadier-General William Leonard Ritter (1898-1971), American Deputy Commander in Chief US Forces North Africa & Middle East (1944-1946)
  • Josh Ritter (b. 1976), American singer-songwriter, guitarist and author
  • Jonathan Southworth "John" Ritter (1948-2003), American Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winning actor, comedian, and voice-over artist, best known for his role on the sitcom Three's Company (1977-1984)
  • Joseph Elmer Ritter (1892-1967), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Archbishop of St. Louis (1946 to 1967)
  • Woodward Maurice "Tex" Ritter (1905-1974), American country music singer and movie actor, inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame
  • John J. Ritter, American chemist, eponym of the Ritter reaction
  • Krysten Alyce Ritter (b. 1981), American actress and former model
  • Samuel Ritter, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Reading, Pennsylvania, 1829-41
  • ... (Another 42 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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See Also


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  1. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  3. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
  4. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
  5. 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).
  6. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. 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).
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
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The Ritter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ritter 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.

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