The origin of the proud surname Rieper can be traced to the historic kingdom of Bohemia, which is now part of the Czech Republic. In the Middle Ages, many of the Bohemians were a part of the Holy Roman Empire
, which was characterized by the Feudal
System. Before this era, people were known only by a single name. However, as the population increased and travel became more prevalent, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves. Many people, such as the Rieper family, adopted the name of their feudal occupation
as their surname. The name goes back to the mediaeval German "ris" or "risle," which meant literally "branch" or "twig,"and the surname was an occupational
name for a wood carver.
Early Origins of the Rieper family
The surname Rieper was first found in Bohemia, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. They later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society. Chronicles first mention Clesse Reysse of Mainz in 1444, and Leonhart Reiser of Nuremberg in 1443. The name goes back to the mediaeval German "ris" or "risle," which meant literally "branch" or "twig." Reisser could also refer to a wood carver.
Early History of the Rieper family
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Rieper Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Reis, Reisle ( Bavaria
, Swabia), Reiss, Reisse, Riess, Ries, Reise, Reisz, Reiser, Reisser, Riser, Reysse, Reys, Reyss, Rice, Ris, Risse, Rise, Risle and many more.
Early Notables of the Rieper family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rieper family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Rieper Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Matias Rieper, aged 36, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1787 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Rieper Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Bertha Rieper, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States from Hamburg, in 1904
- Elise A. Rieper, aged 46, who landed in America, in 1905
- Catharine Rieper, aged 16, who settled in America from Thlienworth, Germany, in 1907
- Johanne Rieper, aged 24, who settled in America from Ihlienworst, Germany, in 1908
- Mamie Rieper, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911
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Contemporary Notables of the name Rieper (post 1700)
- Mads Rieper Jensen (b. 1973), Danish professional football defender