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

A multitude of prestigious family names, such as the surname Rheinhard, were formed in the lands which became the modern state of Silesia. In the medieval era, Germany was fragmented and inhabited by numerous barbarian tribes, who fought amongst themselves for control of the land. The ancient dukedom of Silesia derived its name from the Germanic tribe named the Silingers, who occupied Silesia between the 2nd and 6th centuries.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Reinhardt, Reinhard, Reinhart, Rheinhardt, Rheinhart, Rheinhard, Reinherdt, Reinherd, Reinhert, Reinert (northern Germany), Reinardt, Reinard and many more.

First found in Saxony, where this family became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. The name stems from the Old-German word "Regin-hard" which means "brave in council." Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rheinhard research. Another 259 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1468, 1819, 1665, 1736, 1664, 1712, 1695, 1766, 1790, 1761, 1837, 1813, 1769 and 1840 are included under the topic Early Rheinhard History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 211 words(15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rheinhard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rheinhard Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Barbara Rheinhard, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Philipp Rheinhard, who arrived in America in 1752
  • Godfrey Rheinhard, who arrived in New Jersey in 1772
  • Joseph Rheinhard, who landed in America in 1777-1783

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The Rheinhard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rheinhard 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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