Ritchey Family History

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Ritchey Name Meaning

Scottish, northern Irish, or English: variant spelling of Ritchie 1. Perhaps also an altered spelling of Swiss German Rütsche, Rütschi, Ruetschi, from pet forms of the personal name Rudolf. .

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

Similar surnames: Richey, Ritch, Witchey, Richley, Rickey, Richer, Kitchen, Pitcher

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Ritchey Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Ritchey name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Ritchey. 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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Ritchey Family Origin

Where is the Ritchey family from?

Ritchey Family Occupations

What did your Ritchey ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Ritchey occupation in the USA was Farmer. 48% of Ritchey's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ritchey. A less common occupation for the Ritchey family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Ritchey ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Ritchey Historical Records

What Ritchey family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 34,000 census records available for the last name Ritchey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ritchey 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Ritchey. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Ritchey. For the veterans among your Ritchey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ritchey Life Expectancy

What is the average Ritchey lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Ritchey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Ritchey in 1944 was 28, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Ritchey

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ritchey 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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