33,626 Richter members around the world
Stay informed about Richter Family online & offline events!
See our recent family gatherings
Richter Family HistoryRecorded in several spellings including Richter, Richters, and Richteering (German), Rickers (English), de Rechter (Flemish), Rigter (Danish), Rychter (Polish), Rychtar (Czech), and others, this is a surname of pre 7th century origins. It derives from the ancient German word 'rihtoere' meaning 'to make right', and hence this was an occupational or status name for a part time judge or chief. It is said that in the Middle Ages the term was used to mean an amateur settler of disputes, perhaps a village wiseman or somebody so considered, and certainly one held in high esteem by the local community. In some areas there was later a role reversal in that the word and hence the surname, came to mean a full time headman or chief...
Who have we missed?
Tell us about any famous Richter (or surname variant) you think we should add here. We will get our genealogists to check them out and add them to the list. Thanks!
Join the conversation with the Richter tribe
- Find your Richter ancestor
- Tell us about your Richter Family
- Tell us about your Richter ancestors
- Ask a question about the Richter history
- Leave a message for Richter family members
Invite more Richter family members!
Write an email address and click 'Invite' to share this page with more members of the Richter tribe.
Family Coat of Arms Generator
Why not see what your family crest could look like based on your own family characteristics?Create Crest