Reckers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

A multitude of prestigious family names, such as the surname Reckers, were formed in the lands which became the modern German state of Prussia, which is known for its beauty, industry and military power. However, in the medieval era, Prussia was fragmented and inhabited by numerous barbarian tribes, who fought amongst themselves for control of the land. The borders of the barbarian kingdoms, which were established after the fall of the Roman Empire, changed repeatedly. The region that came to be known as Prussia was roughly divided between the territories of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia and East Prussia. The Reckers family emerged in Brandenburg-Prussia, and by the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia had incorporated East Prussia, West Prussia and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the German Unification.

Early Origins of the Reckers family

The surname Reckers was first found in Brandenburg, where this family became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. 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.

Early History of the Reckers family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reckers research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1767, 1755, 1676, 1711, 1763, 1825, 1749, 1813, 1803, 1884, 1682, 1732, 1702 and 1732 are included under the topic Early Reckers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Reckers Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Reckers include Richter, Ricter, Rickter, Rychter, Rycter and many more.

Early Notables of the Reckers family (pre 1700)

Notable figures of the time with the name Reckers were Christoph, or Christian, Friedrich Richter (1676-1711), a German hymnwriter and entomologist; and Johann Paul Richter (1763-1825), one of the most important and popular German writers of the early 19th century. He is known universally as "Jean Paul." Joseph Richter (1749-1813) was a satirical Viennese journalist. Ludwig Richter...
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United States Reckers migration to the United States +

Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North America. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Reckers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Elis Reckers, who arrived in America in 1835-1836 [1]
  • Joh Bernh Reckers, who arrived in America in 1844 [1]
  • John Reckers, aged 43, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1845 [1]
  • Christoph Reckers, who landed in America in 1845 [1]
  • Gerh Heinr Reckers, who landed in America in 1847 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Reckers (post 1700) +

  • Rob Reckers (b. 1981), Dutch four-time gold and silver medalist field hockey player from Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant


  1. ^ 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)


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