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Family name origins & meanings

  • Scottish : habitational name from Raith near Monkton in Ayrshire.
  • German and Swiss German : topographic name from a common field name, probably related to Middle High German reute ‘forest clearing’ (see Reuter).
  • German : nickname for someone with curly hair, from Middle High German reit ‘frizzy’, ‘curly’.