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Ritt Name Meaning

topographic name from Old High German ritta ‘reeds’ or a habitational name from a place so named near Kassel. variant of Ried 2. from a short form of a Germanic personal name based on rid ‘ride’.

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


Similar surnames: Kitt, Litt, Witt, Britt, Pitt, Britz, Tritt, Rott, Ritz, Bitz

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Where is the Ritt family from?

You can see how Ritt families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ritt family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ritt families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Ritt family living in Iowa Territory. This was about 33% of all the recorded Ritt's in the USA. Iowa Territory and 2 other states had the highest population of Ritt families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ritt surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ritt ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ritt. 16% of Ritt men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Ritt women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ritt were Truck Driver and Secretary.

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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

  • Farmer
    16%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Truck Driver
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    16%
  • Nurse
    14%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Secretary
    8%
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Ritt. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ritt 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Ritt. 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 35,000 military records available for the last name Ritt. For the veterans among your Ritt ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ritt lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Ritt life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Ritt in 1943 was 25, and 78 in 2004.

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