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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?

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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.


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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.

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

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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

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  • Vernon William Reich, American politician, Mayor of Forest Park, Illinois, 1953-54. Interment somewhere in Forest Park, Illinois
  • Robert Bernard Reich (b. 1946), American Democrat politician, U.S. Secretary of Labor, 1993-97 ; Candidate in primary for Governor of Massachusetts, 2002
  • Otto Juan Reich (b. 1945), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela, 1986. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, 2002
  • Perry S. Reich, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 5th District, 2002
  • Michael H. Reich, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for New York, 1996; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008
  • Kurt E. Reich, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1988
  • Joseph Reich, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1964
  • Joseph Reich (b. 1894), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 6th District, 1923-25; Member of New York Democratic State Committee, 1936
  • Jonathan Abram Reich, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 14th District, 1992
  • Jon Reich, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1972

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  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
  4. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
  9. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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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.

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