So far the following two versions of the coat of arms of families Rittmeyer / Rittmeier are known:
An ancestor of Rittmeyer / Rittmeier family
was awarded by his sovereign with a coat of arms in recognition for
the fact that the ancestor provided three dozen horses for warfare.
The three jockeys with riding crops and two horses symbolize the
ancestors of the contribution to the sovereign. The coat of arms
is registered in the German books of coat of arms and describes
the individual colors in detail.
A second version of the coat of arms of the family Rittmeyer / Rittmeier is registered in “Wappen der löblichen Bürgerschaft von St. Gallen, von J. J. Siegfried, 1855” and is originally from Germany. The description / blazon of the coat of arms is specified as follows:
A third version of
the coat of arms is published in the picture lexicon " Bürgerlichen Geschlechter
Deutschlands, Österreichs und der Schweiz " of the Bechtermünz publishing house.
The registration was carried out under the name "Rittmaier".
All three versions
of the coat of arms of the family Rittmeyer / Rittmeier / Rittmaier
look very similar and have substantially with jockeys and horses the
The provision of
36 horses provides a strong indication that the great ancestor had
a very large farm and / or horse breeding, which allowed him to
provide such a large number of 36 horses to his sovereign warfare.
This evidence supports our assessment that the successor generations
operated on their own farms with the focus also on agriculture
and / or cattle or horse breeding and possibly that also the farmers
in West and East Prussia are descendants of the ancestors awarded with
the coat of arms.
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