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

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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Ridenour Historical Records

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Ridenour Life Expectancy

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Between 1942 and 2004, Ridenour life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Ridenour in 1942 was 40, and 76 in 2004.

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