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Origins Available: German, Jewish

Where did the German Reich family come from? What is the German Reich family crest and coat of arms? When did the Reich family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Reich family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: Reich, Reiche, Reichs, Reicher, Reick, Reicke, Reicker, Reichers, Rike, Ryke, Rycke, Reichle, Reichel, Riker and many more.

First found in Switzerland, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation, and would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reich research. Another 317 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1277, 1286, 1356, 1720, 1342, 1610, 1645, 1286, 1667, 1734, 1637, 1717 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Reich History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 151 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reich Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Reich Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Reich, who sailed to New York in 1710
  • Balthasar Reich, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710
  • Thoms Reich, aged 12, landed in New York in 1710
  • Maria Dorothea Reich, aged 3, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Gottfried Reich, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1733

Reich Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Rafael Reich, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1821
  • Philip Reich, aged 23, landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • Wilhelm Reich, aged 17, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Johann Ernst Reich, who arrived in America in 1854
  • Augustus Reich, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1855

Reich Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Christine Reich, aged 23, arrived in New York, NY in 1909

Reich Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Alexander Reich, who arrived in Canada in 1907
  • Phillip Reich, who arrived in Canada in 1907

Reich Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Annie Reich, aged 14, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Strathnaver" in 1874


  • Stephen "Steve" Michael Reich (b. 1936), American composer awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Music
  • Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957), Austrian-American psychiatrist and psychoanalyst
  • Otto Juan Reich (b. 1945), Cuban-born, American former senior official in the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush
  • Robert Bernard Reich (b. 1946), American political economist, professor, author, and political commentator, Secretary of Labor (1993 to 1997)
  • Frank Michael Reich Jr. (b. 1961), former American football quarterback in the National Football League
  • Marco Reich (b. 1977), German footballer
  • Burkhard Reich (b. 1964), retired German football player
  • Siegfried Reich (b. 1959), retired German football player
  • Willi Reich (1898-1980), Austrian musicologist and critic
  • John Theodor Reich (b. 1906), producer of Reinhardt Theaters in Vienna (1932-38), producer of the Salzburg Festival, Head of Production of the T.V. Workshop of New York, among many other positions. He was awarded the Chevalier, Ordre des Arts et Lettres in 1964, and the Grand Badge of Honour in Austria in 1971



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  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Reich Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reich 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 13 November 2014 at 16:21.

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