Richter Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Lichter, Dichter, Wachter, Richer, Ritter, Eicher, Risher, Riester

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Richter Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Richter name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Richter. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • European Jewish


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Richter Family Origin

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Richter Family Occupations

What did your Richter ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Richter family was Carpenter. The most common Richter occupation in the USA was Farmer. 21% of Richter's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Richter.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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Richter Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 125,000 census records available for the last name Richter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Richter census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 54,000 immigration records available for the last name Richter. 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 Card

There are 78,000 military records available for the last name Richter. For the veterans among your Richter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Richter Life Expectancy

What is the average Richter lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Richter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Richter in 1941 was 64, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Richter ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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