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Meaning and Origin of: Ridenour

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Last name origins & meanings:

  1. Americanized spelling of German Rittenauer or Rettenauer, a topographic name for someone living by a swampy water meadow (from Retten ‘swamp’ + Au ‘water meadow’ + -er suffix denoting an inhabitant), or a habitational name from a place named with these elements.
  2. Americanized spelling of South German Rütt(e)nauer, perhaps a topographic name from Middle High German riute ‘clearing’ + ouwe ‘wet field’, ‘water meadow’.
  3. variant of Ridenhour.
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