The roots of the distinguished German surname Rager lie in the southern regions of Swabia, Bavaria
, and Austria
. The name is derived from the Middle High German words "reigel" or "reiger," both meaning "heron." The name was likely first bestowed on someone thought to have the characteristics of a heron as a nickname
, eventually becoming a hereditary surname.
Early Origins of the Rager family
The surname Rager was first found in Bavaria
, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name Rieger became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal
System and the nation.
Early History of the Rager family
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Rager Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Rieger, Reiger, Riegger, Reigger, Riegar, Reigar, Riger, Rigger, Ryger, Rygger, Riegler and many more.
Early Notables of the Rager family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rager family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Barbara Riger, who came to Pennsylvania in 1737; Jacob Riger settled in Pennsylvania in 1751; Johannes Rieger settled in Pennsylvania in 1743; Chistopher Riegler settled in Ohio in 1869.
Contemporary Notables of the name Rager (post 1700)
- Christopher Rager (b. 1973), American voice actor
- Roger Rager (b. 1948), American former driver in the USAC and CART Championship Car series, inductee into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2009