Ruiter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Ruiter corresponds to the French Chevalier, the German Ritter and the English Knight, each of which is derived from the feudal rank of knighthood. Ruiter 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 Ruiter family

The surname Ruiter was first found in the Netherlands.

Early History of the Ruiter family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ruiter research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1649, 1683, 1570, 1620, 1811, 1649, 1683, 1607, 1676, 1635 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Ruiter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ruiter Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Ruiter 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 Dutch navy. In the Dutch Wars against England he distinguished himself by the capture of English holdings on the Gold...
Another 71 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ruiter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Ruiter migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ruiter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Michael Ruiter, who settled in Philadelphia in 1728
  • Hans Mich Ruiter, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1728 [1]
  • Martin, Geo Caspar, Anna, Godfrey, and John Bartholomew Ruiter, who, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1785

Canada Ruiter migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ruiter Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Hendrik Ruiter U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. John Ruiter U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ruiter (post 1700) +

  • Robbin Ruiter (b. 1987), Dutch footballer
  • Jan Ruiter (b. 1946), former Dutch football goalkeeper
  • Josée Ruiter (b. 1947), Dutch television and movie actress


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ 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


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