Ridenour Family History

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Ridenour Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of German Rittenauer or Rettenauer, a topographic name for someone living by a swampy water meadow (from Retten ‘swamp’ + Au ‘water meadow’ + -er suffix denoting an inhabitant), or a habitational name from a place named with these elements. Americanized spelling of South German Rütt(e)nauer, perhaps a topographic name from Middle High German riute ‘clearing’ + ouwe ‘wet field’, ‘water meadow’. variant of Ridenhour.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Ridenhour, Reisenauer, Ridinger, Rider, Rodenburg, Rinner, Rifenburg

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Ridenour Family Origin

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Ridenour Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ridenour. A less common occupation for the Ridenour family was Farming. The most common Ridenour occupation in the USA was Farmer. 53% of Ridenour's were Farmers.

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Ridenour Historical Records

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Ridenour Life Expectancy

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