The Reichmaener surname first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria
, some time after the 12th century, when hereditary surnames
were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Reichmaener is a local
surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Reichmaener was given to someone who lived in Bavaria, where the Reichmaener family achieved distinction for its contribution to the region's medieval society. This surname was a nickname
surname, and derived from the German words, reich,
which means rich,
and mann, which
Thus, the bearer of this name was known for his material wealth, or perhaps because he behaved in a princely or regal manner.
Early Origins of the Reichmaener family
The surname Reichmaener was first found in Bavaria
, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power. Chronicles first mention Hatnel Richman in 1380, and one Richmannus of Bremen in 1382.
Early History of the Reichmaener family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reichmaener research.Another 351 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1777, 1744, 1715, 1849, 1903, 1882, 1642, 1737, 1702 and 1703 are included under the topic Early Reichmaener History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Reichmaener 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 Reichmaener include Reichmann, Reichman, Reichmen, Richmann, Richman, Richmen, Reichmanner, Reichmaenner, Richmanner, Richmaenner, Rickman, Rickmen, Reychman, Reychmann and many more.
Early Notables of the Reichmaener family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Reichmaener in this period include Theodor Reichmann (1849-1903), a German baritone from Rostock who joined the Vienna
Opera in 1882... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reichmaener Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Reichmaener family to the New World and Oceana
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria
who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant
farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany
settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were: Anne Reichman, who sailed to England
and/or America in 1709 with her children. Among the many other immigrants to follow these first settlers were: Hans Richman, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1741.