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The origin of the proud surname Reeser can be traced to the historic kingdom of Bohemia, which is now part of the Czech Republi c. 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 Reeser 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.

Reeser Early Origins



The surname Reeser 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.

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Reeser Spelling Variations


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Reeser 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.

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Reeser Early History


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Reeser Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reeser research. Another 221 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1505, 1606, 1645, 1870, and 1897 are included under the topic Early Reeser History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Reeser Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Reeser Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Reeser Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Matthias Reeser, aged 26, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • John Reeser, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • William Reeser, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1761
  • Adam Reeser, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765

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Contemporary Notables of the name Reeser (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Reeser (post 1700)



  • Morgan Irwin Reeser (b. 1962), American silver medalist sailor at the 1992 Summer Olympics
  • Sara Louise Reeser (b. 1925), American former infielder who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League between 1946 and 1950
  • Autumn Alicia Reeser (b. 1980), American actress, best known for her role as Taylor Townsend on the Fox series The O.C
  • Wade M. Reeser, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Armstrong County, 1960
  • Dick Reeser, American Democrat politician, Mayor of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, 1937

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    4. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    5. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    6. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    10. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
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    The Reeser Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reeser 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.

    This page was last modified on 8 February 2016 at 09:11.

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