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Where did the German Reinier family come from? What is the German Reinier family crest and coat of arms? When did the Reinier family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Reinier family history?Bavaria, Germany is the original homeland of the Reinier family. Reinier is a patronymic name, a type of surname that derived from the given name of the father of the original bearer. Reinier was derived from the Old Germanic personal name Raginhari, which is composed of the Old German elements ragin, which means counsel, and hard, which means hardy.
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Reinier include Reiner, Reine, Reinere, Rhiner, Reiners, Rainer, Rainers, Rainert, Rainere, Renerus (Latin) and many more.
First found in Bavaria, where the name became noted for its many branches within the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied and enrolled by the princes of the region. Chronicles first mention Reinerus Reynberti of Rostolk around 1280. The Latin "Renerus" also became "Reinher" from which "Reinhard" was formed. In their later history the Reiners became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reinier research. Another 159 words(11 lines of text) covering the year 1728 is included under the topic Early Reinier History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 35 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reinier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Reiniers to arrive in North America, and among them were:
Reinier Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Reinier Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
The Reinier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reinier 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.
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