"knight, mounted warrior"

Ritter Origin and Meaning

The name Ritter is a boy's name of German origin meaning "knight, mounted warrior".

A German surname name deriving from the same root as English Ryder. Traditionally, it was the name of the second lowest hereditary rank of the nobility, roughly equivalent to English Baronet. Notable associations are British actor Paul Ritter and a popular European chocolate brand.

Famous People Named Ritter

  • Ritter CollettAmerican sportswriter
  • Woodward Maurice "Tex" RitterAmerican country western singer, father of actor John Ritter
  • John RitterAmerican actor
  • Jason RitterAmerican actor and voice actor, son of the above

Ritter in Pop Culture

  • Peyton Rittercharacter on TV's "The X,Files"