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Origins Available: German, Jewish

Where did the German Reich family come from? What is the German Reich family crest and coat of arms? When did the Reich family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Reich family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: Reich, Reiche, Reichs, Reicher, Reick, Reicke, Reicker, Reichers, Rike, Ryke, Rycke, Reichle, Reichel, Riker and many more.

First found in Switzerland, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation, and would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reich research. Another 317 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1277, 1286, 1356, 1720, 1342, 1610, 1645, 1286, 1667, 1734, 1637, 1717 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Reich History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 151 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reich Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Reich Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Reich, who sailed to New York in 1710
  • Balthasar Reich, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710
  • Thoms Reich, aged 12, landed in New York in 1710
  • Maria Dorothea Reich, aged 3, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Gottfried Reich, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1733

Reich Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Rafael Reich, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1821
  • Philip Reich, aged 23, landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • Wilhelm Reich, aged 17, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Johann Ernst Reich, who arrived in America in 1854
  • Augustus Reich, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1855

Reich Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Christine Reich, aged 23, arrived in New York, NY in 1909


  • Stephen "Steve" Michael Reich (b. 1936), American composer awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Music
  • Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957), Austrian-American psychiatrist and psychoanalyst
  • Otto Juan Reich (b. 1945), Cuban-born, American former senior official in the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush
  • Robert Bernard Reich (b. 1946), American political economist, professor, author, and political commentator, Secretary of Labor (1993 to 1997)
  • Frank Michael Reich Jr. (b. 1961), former American football quarterback in the National Football League
  • Marco Reich (b. 1977), German footballer
  • Burkhard Reich (b. 1964), retired German football player
  • Siegfried Reich (b. 1959), retired German football player
  • Willi Reich (1898-1980), Austrian musicologist and critic
  • John Theodor Reich (b. 1906), producer of Reinhardt Theaters in Vienna (1932-38), producer of the Salzburg Festival, Head of Production of the T.V. Workshop of New York, among many other positions. He was awarded the Chevalier, Ordre des Arts et Lettres in 1964, and the Grand Badge of Honour in Austria in 1971



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  2. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
  3. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
  6. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
  7. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  8. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
  9. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
  10. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
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The Reich Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reich Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 26 October 2014 at 14:32.

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