A multitude of prestigious family names, such as the surname Ryckter, were formed in the lands which became the modern German state of Prussia
, which is known for its beauty, industry and military power. However, in the medieval era, Prussia
was fragmented and inhabited by numerous barbarian tribes, who fought amongst themselves for control of the land. The borders of the barbarian kingdoms, which were established after the fall of the Roman Empire
, changed repeatedly. The region that came to be known as Prussia
was roughly divided between the territories of Brandenburg-Prussia
, West Prussia
and East Prussia
. The Ryckter family emerged in Brandenburg-Prussia, and by the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia
had incorporated East Prussia
, West Prussia
and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the German Unification.
Early Origins of the Ryckter family
The surname Ryckter was first found in Brandenburg, where this family became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the feudal
Early History of the Ryckter family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ryckter research.Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1767, 1755, 1676, 1711, 1763, 1825, 1749, 1813, 1803 and 1884 are included under the topic Early Ryckter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ryckter Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia
. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations
of Ryckter include Richter, Ricter, Rickter, Rychter, Rycter and many more.
Early Notables of the Ryckter family (pre 1700)
Prominent bearers of the family name Ryckter during this time period were Christoph, or Christian, Friedrich Richter (1676-1711), a German hymnwriter and entomologist; and Johann Paul Richter (1763-1825), one of the most important and popular... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ryckter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ryckter family to the New World and Oceana
Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia
. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union
, Poland, East Germany
and West Germany
. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North America. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were: Andreas Richter, who arrived in New York State in 1710. Johannes Richter came to Philadelphia in 1738; Simon Richter in 1749; and Johan Peter Richter in 1753. Peter Richter emigrated to New Orleans in 1820.