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Reiter Name Meaning

occupational name for a mounted soldier or knight, from Middle Low German rider, Middle High German riter ‘rider’. variant of Reuter 1. habitational name for someone from any of various places in Germany and Austria called Reit or Reith (see Reith).

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


Similar surnames: Reitter, Reuter, Reiser, Kreiter, Reifer, Reiten, Reiber, Reiner

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Where is the Reiter family from?

You can see how Reiter families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Reiter family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Reiter families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 11 Reiter families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 85% of all the recorded Reiter's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Reiter families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Reiter surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Reiter ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Reiter. 15% of Reiter men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Reiter women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Reiter were Clerk and Secretary.

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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 1940

  • Farmer
    15%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Secretary
    6%
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Census Records

There are 34,000 census records available for the last name Reiter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Reiter 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 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Reiter. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 35,000 military records available for the last name Reiter. For the veterans among your Reiter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Reiter lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Reiter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Reiter in 1944 was 32, and 79 in 2004.

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