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The surname Reichard is a Bavarian nickname surname. German nicknames came from eke-names, or added names, and tended to describe a physical characteristic or other attribute of their initial bearer. Reichard is a name for a brave or strong person. It is a common name among the English, French, and Flemish/Dutch communities, as well as the German, and stems from the words ric, meaning power, and hard, meaning hardy or strong.

Early Origins of the Reichard family

The surname Reichard was first found in Bavaria, where the name became noted for its many branches within the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied and enrolled by the princes of the region. The literal meaning of the name is "brave ruler," and chronicles first mention Hantsch Richard of Liegnitz in 1381, and Hans Reichart of Friedland in 1381. In their later history the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

Early History of the Reichard family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reichard research. Another 160 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1560, 1733, 1749, 1752 and 1814 are included under the topic Early Reichard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Reichard Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Reichard include Reichhard, Reichhart, Reichard, Reichart, Reichardt, Reickhard, Reichheart, Reikhard, Reickhart, Richard, Reichert and many more.

Early Notables of the Reichard family

Prominent among members of the name Reichard in this period include

  • Johann Friedrich Reichardt (1752-1814), who was the court composer and conductor to Frederick the Great and Frederick II, and was a friend of Goethe's...

Reichard Ranking

In the United States, the name Reichard is the 8,028th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 1

United States Reichard migration to the United States +

Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Reichard or a variant listed above:

Reichard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anna Maria Reichard, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710 2
  • Joseph Reichard, who landed in New York, NY in 1710-1714 2
  • Johannes Reichard, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1739 2
  • David Reichard, who arrived in New York, NY in 1743 2
  • Elizabeth Reichard, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743 2
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Reichard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Adam Reichard, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805 2
  • Philipp Reichard, who arrived in America in 1833 2
  • Francisca Reichard, aged 22, who arrived in New York in 1854 2
  • Franz Reichard, aged 27, who landed in New York in 1854 2
  • Kath Reichard, who arrived in Brazil in 1856 2
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Reichard migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Reichard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Catherina Reichard, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Maria Reichard, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Thomas Reichard, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757

Contemporary Notables of the name Reichard (post 1700) +

  • Harry Hess Reichard (1878-1956), Pennsylvania German writer and scholar
  • Cody Reichard (b. 1987), American professional ice hockey goaltender
  • V. Milton Reichard, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Maryland, 1914 3
  • Theodore Reichard (b. 1875), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bolton, 1919-20 3
  • Robert B. Reichard, American politician, Burgess of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, 1960 3
  • Kenneth P. Reichard, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1996 3
  • Christian Gottlieb Reichard (1758-1837), German cartographer
  • Joseph Martin Reichard (1803-1872), German politician and revolutionary
  • Johanne Wilhelmine Siegmundine Reichard (1788-1848), the first German female balloonist

  • Kurt-Werner Reichard (1915-1941), German Korvettenkapitän who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking 4

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