The surname Ruiter corresponds to the French Chevalier, the German Ritter and the English Knight, each of which is derived from the
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.
The surname Ruiter was first found in the Netherlands.
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.
of this family name include: Ruiter, Ruyter, Ruijter, Deruyter, Deruiter, Rüters, Rüther and many more.
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 Ruiter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.