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The surname Ruijter corresponds to the French Chevalier, the German Ritter and the English Knight, each of which is derived from the feudal rank of knighthood. Ruijter comes from the Dutch word "ruiten" meaning to "plunder" or "loot" and was originally applied to highwaymen. However, the word came to be used to denote any mounted warrior or armed horseman.

Ruijter Early Origins



The surname Ruijter was first found in the Netherlands.

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Ruijter Spelling Variations


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Ruijter Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Ruiter, Ruyter, Ruijter, Deruyter, Deruiter, Rüters, Rüther and many more.

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Ruijter Early History


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Ruijter Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ruijter research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1649, 1683, 1570, 1620, 1811, 1649, 1683, 1607, 1676, 1635 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Ruijter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ruijter Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ruijter Early Notables (pre 1700)



From this era of Dutch history, those of this who distinguished themselves included Engel Michielszoon de Ruyter (1649-1683), a Dutch vice-admiral; and Michael Adriaanszoon de Ruyter (1607-1676) the Dutch naval commander, born in Flushing. He went to sea as a cabin boy, and by 1635 had become a captain in the...

Another 91 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ruijter 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Claes Jansen Ruyter, who settled in New York in 1638; Peterje Ruyter, who settled in New York in 1644; Hans Michael Ruiter, who settled in Philadelphia in 1728.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ruijter (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ruijter (post 1700)



  • Elisabeth Ruijter, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 2008

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    2. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    3. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. 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).
    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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    The Ruijter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ruijter 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 9 November 2015 at 11:34.

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