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Richter Family History

Richter Name Meaning
German: occupational name or status name for an arbiter or judge, Middle High German rihtære (from rihten ‘to make right’). The term was used in the Middle Ages mostly to denote a part-time legal official. Such communal conciliators held a position of considerable esteem in rural communities; in eastern Germany the term came to denote a village headman, which was often a hereditary office. It is in this region that the surname is most frequent.Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a rabbinic judge, from modern German Richter ‘judge’ (see 1 above). See also Dayan.

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

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Name Distribution of Richter Families

  • Number of Richter families
     358 - 714
     120 - 357
     1 - 119
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Richter families
     59 - 115
     20 - 58
     1 - 19
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Richter families
     6 - 10
     3 - 5
     1 - 2
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Richter Family Origin

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Richter Immigration Information

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Richter Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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