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Ritter Name Meaning

German: from Middle High German rit(t)er ‘knight mounted warrior’ Middle Low German ridder applied as a status name occupational name or nickname. Compare Knight . English (Middlesex): perhaps a nickname from an agent derivative of Middle English ritten ‘to cut open split’ usually referring to the use of a blade. Compare Render .

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


Similar surnames: Bitter, Gritter, Gitter, Witter, Rotter, Reitter, Mitter, Risner

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Where is the Ritter family from?

You can see how Ritter families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ritter family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ritter families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 64 Ritter families living in Ontario. This was about 52% of all the recorded Ritter's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Ritter families in 1911.
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What did your Ritter ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Dressmaker were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Ritter. 64% of Ritter men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Ritter women worked as a Dressmaker. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ritter were Retired and Chambermaid. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
    64%
  • Farmers Son
    8%
  • Carpenter
    8%
  • Retired
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Dressmaker
    34%
  • Couturire
    23%
  • Stenographer
    23%
  • Chambermaid
    23%
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Census Records

There are 149,000 census records available for the last name Ritter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ritter census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 23,000 immigration records available for the last name Ritter. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 79,000 military records available for the last name Ritter. For the veterans among your Ritter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ritter lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Ritter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Ritter in 1941 was 45, and 76 in 2004.

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