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The surname Reichert 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. Reichert 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.

Reichert Early Origins



The surname Reichert 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.

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Reichert Spelling Variations


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Reichert Spelling Variations



Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Reichert include Reichhard, Reichhart, Reichard, Reichart, Reichardt, Reickhard, Reichheart, Reikhard, Reickhart, Richard, Reichert and many more.

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Reichert Early History


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Reichert Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reichert research. Another 230 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1560, 1733, 1749, 1752, and 1814 are included under the topic Early Reichert History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Reichert Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Reichert Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the name Reichert in this period include Johann Friedrich Reichardt (1752-1814), who was the court composer and conductor to Frederick the Great and Frederick II, and...

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reichert 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



European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Reicherts to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Reichert Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Rudolph Reichert, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Jacob Reichert, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Martin Reichert, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Gottfried Reichert, who landed in America in 1752

Reichert Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Sebastian Reichert, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1844
  • Lorenz Reichert, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1844
  • Mattes Reichert, who landed in Illinois in 1847
  • Carolina Reichert, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • Louisa Reichert, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Reichert Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Joseph Reichert, who landed in Arkansas in 1906

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Contemporary Notables of the name Reichert (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Reichert (post 1700)



  • Walter S. Reichert, American Republican politician, Candidate for Kentucky State Senate 34th District, 1973
  • Robert Reichert (b. 1948), American Democrat politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives 126th District, 1993-2002; Mayor of Macon, Georgia, 2008-
  • Randall Reichert, American politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of Lincoln, Nebraska, 1999
  • Manson L. Reichert (1893-1978), American Republican politician, Road contractor; real estate developer; Chair of Vanderburgh County Republican Party, 1942-44; Mayor of Evansville, Indiana, 1943-48
  • John C. Reichert, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Oneida County 2nd District, 1935
  • David G. Reichert (b. 1950), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Washington, 2005-
  • August Reichert, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 1924
  • Alexander F. Reichert, American Democrat politician, Member, Rules Committee, Democratic National Convention, 2008
  • Marcus Reichert (b. 1948), American artist, author, photographer, and film writer/director
  • David George Reichert (b. 1950), American politician and the former sheriff of King County, Washington
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    3. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    4. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    5. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    6. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    7. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    10. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    11. ...

    The Reichert Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reichert 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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