Last name: Ritson

This surname, chiefly found in the northern English counties of Northumberland and Cumberland, and in Scotland, is ultimately believed to be a patronymic form of the male given name Richard, itself coming from the Old German "Ric(h)ard", a compound of the elements "ric", power, and "hard", hardy, brave, strong. The name is found occasionally in pre-Conquest Britain, but was popularized to a great extent by the Normans after the Conquest of 1066. "Ricard" (without surname) appears in the Domesday Book of 1086, and the subsequent popularity of the name gave rise to a variety of diminutive and pet-forms including the Northern English "Rich" or "Ritchie", whence the patronymic "Richison", corrupted to "Ritson". In his "Memoranda", Joseph Ritson records the genesis of the word thus: "Richardson, Richison, Richson, Ricson, Ritson". On December 10th 1510, Elizabeth, daughter of William Ritson, was christened in Crosthwaite, Cumberland, and on September 11th 1624, Matthew, son of Nicholas Ritson, was christened in Whitfield, Northumberland. A notable bearer of the name was Joseph Ritson (1752 - 1803), antiquary, who produced his "Bibliographia Poetica" in 1803. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert Ritson, which was dated April 8th 1565, a christening witness, at Crosthwaite, Cumberland, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1, known as "Good Queen Bess", 1558 - 1603. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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holly ritson

i was born in london and now in canada #goritson

jason richardson
My last name is richardson. Im having trouble finding where my blood hails from.

Stephanie Elisabeth Ritson Julian
my middle name is Ritson as a stand alone name, not double barreled with my surname. I think it was passed down from my ancestors that lived near Nothumberland.

denise davy
Hi that seems incredible we must be related in some way. All I know about the Ritson name is that my ancestors were told they have to have this name but for what reason I do not know are you on fb

denise davy
Has anyone in their family the double barreled surname or in our family the middle name of Ritson and Surname Judd

Elizabeth Ritson
Oh and my father was born in Northumberland too.

Elizabeth Ritson
How bazar, my name is Elizabeth and my fathers name is William Ritson. And we did not know of the history of the name Ritson.

denise davy
is he william ritson judd