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 Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Ridenour name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Ridenour Family Origin

Where is the Ridenour family from?

Ridenour Family Occupations

What did your Ridenour ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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Ridenour Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 26,000 census records available for the last name Ridenour. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ridenour 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 895 immigration records available for the last name Ridenour. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Ridenour. For the veterans among your Ridenour ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ridenour Life Expectancy

What is the average Ridenour lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, 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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ridenour 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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