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The surname Ritter was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from early times. The family name Ritter appeared on the early census rolls taken by the Kings of Britain, shortly after the Norman invasion, to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rutter, Ruttery, Rutty and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ritter research. Another 146 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1697, 1775, 1687, 1730, 1720 and 1727 are included under the topic Early Ritter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 47 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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Some of the Ritter family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name 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
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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
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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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  • 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
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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: Melitae amor
Motto Translation: Love of Malta.

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Citations



  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. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  4. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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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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