Otto Oscar Rittmeyer

Otto Oscar Rittmeyer
06.03.1893 (Weklitz ) - 26.02.1945 (Russland )

Family Rittmeyer

- Origin (Coat of Arms) -

Wappen Familie Rittmeyer / Rittmeier

Wappen Vers. 1
Rittmeyer / Rittmeier
Ausgabe in deutscher Sprache Edition in English


So far the following two versions of the coat of arms of families Rittmeyer / Rittmeier are known:


Version 1 des Wappens "Rittmeyer"

Version 2 des Wappens "Rittmeyer"
Version 1 Version 2

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.


Wappen der Familien Rittmeyer / Rittmeier

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:

„…Geviertet, 1 und 4 gespalten von Schwarz und Gold auf grünem Dreiberg wachsender gespalten von Gold und Schwarz gekeideter Mann in der rechten Hand drei natürliche Stäbe, und von Rot halbes, zugewendetes silbernes Pferd…“.


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".

Wappen Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Österreichs und der Schweiz" des Bechtermünz Verlages

Version 3 des Wappens "Rittmaier"
Wappen Lexikon Version 3

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 same symbols.

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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