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