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Ruyter Surname Origin
A knight or chevalier, in the Dutch or German, and sometimes written Ritter, having the same signification as the English Rider.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Ruyter Surname Meaning and Family Facts
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A Ruyter Family History Thought:
'It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.' -- Plutarch