Reep History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origin of the proud surname Reep 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 Reep 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 Reep family

The surname Reep 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 Reep family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reep research. Another 140 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1505, 1606, 1645, 1870, and 1897 are included under the topic Early Reep History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Reep Spelling Variations

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 Reep family (pre 1700)

Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reep Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Reep migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Reep Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christian Reep, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732 [1]
  • Johannes Reep, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732 [1]
  • Stephan Reep, aged 32, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741 [1]
Reep Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Carl Reep, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Pennland" from Antwerp, Belgium [2]
  • Gottlob Reep, aged 42, originally from Munchberg, arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Rotterdam" from Amsterdam [3]
  • Kari Reep, aged 32, arrived in New York in 1895 aboard the ship "Hekla" from Christiania [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Reep (post 1700) +

  • Mrs. T. Reep, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1936 [5]
  • Jon Reep (b. 1972), American stand-up comedian and actor
  • Thorold Charles Reep (1904-2002), English football analyst credited with creating the long ball game


  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)
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J65H-PNT : 6 December 2014), Carl Reep, 24 May 1892; citing departure port Antwerp, arrival port New York, ship name Pennland, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6P7-XP1 : 6 December 2014), Gottlob Reep, 14 Nov 1892; citing departure port Amsterdam, arrival port New York, ship name Rotterdam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX32-7Z7 : 6 December 2014), Kari Reep, 31 May 1895; citing departure port Christiania, arrival port New York, ship name Hekla, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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