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The German surname Reiff is derived from Middle High German word "reif," refering to a barrel hoop. As such, the surname is thought to have originally been an occupational name for the maker of barrel hoops.

Reiff Early Origins



The surname Reiff was first found in Rhineland.

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Reiff Spelling Variations


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Reiff Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Reiffer, Reiffern, Rieffern, Riefern, Reifer, Riffe and many more.

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Reiff Early History


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Reiff Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reiff research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reiff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Reiff Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Reiff Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Reiff 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Reiff Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elsbeth Reiff, who landed in Carolina in 1743
  • Hans Reiff, who arrived in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Abraham Reiff, who came to Pennsylvania in 1748
  • David Reiff, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753

Reiff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jacob Reiff, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • John Reiff, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Matthew Reiff, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Ludwig Reiff, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1819
  • Philipp Reiff, aged 22, landed in New York in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Reiff Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Reiff, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Caroline Reiff, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Andreas Reiff, aged 59, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Anna Reiff, aged 5, who emigrated to America from Unterhausen, in 1909
  • Berta Reiff, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Uterhausen, Germany, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Reiff (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Reiff (post 1700)



  • Richard "Rick" Reiff, American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
  • Joseph "Joe" Reiff (1911-1988), American basketball player and referee
  • Lester Berchart Reiff (1877-1948), American jockey
  • Sophie K. Reiff, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1956, 1960
  • M. O. Reiff, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1924
  • Lot W. Reiff, American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Berks County, 1899-1902; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1912
  • Kenneth Reiff, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives 33rd District, 2001
  • Benjamin Reiff, American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 3rd District, 1827-31
  • Soren Reiff, Danish guitar player, producer, composer and writer
  • Casper Reiff (b. 1971), American classical guitarist and the founder of The Tolkien Ensemble
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    4. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    7. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    8. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    9. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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    The Reiff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reiff 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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