Last name origins & meanings:
- 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.
- Americanized spelling of South
German Rütt(e)nauer, perhaps a topographic name from Middle
High German riute ‘clearing’ + ouwe ‘wet field’, ‘water
- variant of Ridenhour.
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