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.
Early Origins of the Ruijter family
The surname Ruijter was first found in the Netherlands.
Early History of the Ruijter family
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.
Ruijter Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Ruiter, Ruyter, Ruijter, Deruyter, Deruiter, Rüters, Rüther and many more.
Early Notables of the Ruijter family (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.
Migration of the Ruijter family to the New World and Oceana
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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Ruijter (post 1700)
- Elisabeth Ruijter, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 2008 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html