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Ritchie Name Meaning

Scottish: from a pet form of the personal name Rich, a short form of Richard.

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


Similar surnames: Michie, Ritch, Ritchison, Ritchey, Mitschke, Richins, Archie

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Where is the Ritchie family from?

You can see how Ritchie families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ritchie family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ritchie families were found in and Scotland in 1841. In 1840 there were 21 Ritchie families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 15% of all the recorded Ritchie's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Ritchie families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ritchie surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ritchie ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Ritchie. 15% of Ritchie men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Ritchie women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ritchie were Truck Driver and Clerk. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    15%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Clerk
    6%
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Census Records

There are 281,000 census records available for the last name Ritchie. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ritchie census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 80,000 immigration records available for the last name Ritchie. 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 Cards

There are 39,000 military records available for the last name Ritchie. For the veterans among your Ritchie ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ritchie lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Ritchie life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Ritchie in 1941 was 25, and 75 in 2004.

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