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The roots of the distinguished German surname Reger 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.

Reger Early Origins



The surname Reger 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.

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Reger Spelling Variations


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Reger Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Rieger, Reiger, Riegger, Reigger, Riegar, Reigar, Riger, Rigger, Ryger, Rygger, Riegler and many more.

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Reger Early History


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Reger Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reger research. Another 178 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1790 and 1792 are included under the topic Early Reger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Reger Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Reger Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Reger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Reger Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Reger, who arrived in Maryland in 1668

Reger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Christian Reger, who landed in New Jersey in 1709

Reger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A Marie Reger, aged 7, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • Barbara Reger, aged 2, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • Cathrine Reger, aged 31, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • Michel Reger, aged 31, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • Peter Reger, aged 36, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1876
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Reger (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Reger (post 1700)



  • Robert A. Reger, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Upshur County, 1905-06
  • John T. Reger, American Democrat politician, Candidate for West Virginia State Senate 14th District, 1916
  • Earle Reger, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Weston, West Virginia, 1920-28
  • Bill Reger, American Democrat politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates 3rd District, 1984
  • John George Reger (1931-2013), American NFL football linebacker who played from 1955 to 1966 for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Washington Redskins
  • Max Reger (1873-1916), German composer
  • Janet Reger (1935-2005), English lingerie designer

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    3. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    4. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    7. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    8. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    11. ...

    The Reger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reger 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 26 February 2016 at 17:02.

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