Reiff History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Reiff family

The surname Reiff was first found in Rhineland.

Early History of the Reiff family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reiff research. Another 66 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reiff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Reiff Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Reiff family (pre 1700)

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United States Reiff migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • Hans Reiff, who arrived in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1743 [1]
  • Abraham Reiff, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • David Reiff, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 [1]
Reiff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jacob Reiff, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1806 [1]
  • John Reiff, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806 [1]
  • Matthew Reiff, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806 [1]
  • Ludwig Reiff, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1819 [1]
  • Philipp Reiff, aged 22, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • ... (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 immigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Caroline Reiff, aged 34, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Andreas Reiff, aged 59, who immigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Anna Reiff, aged 5, who immigrated to America from Unterhausen, in 1909
  • Berta Reiff, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States from Uterhausen, Germany, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [2]
  • M. O. Reiff, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1924 [2]
  • 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 [2]
  • Kenneth Reiff, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives 33rd District, 2001 [2]
  • Benjamin Reiff, American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 3rd District, 1827-31 [2]
  • 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.)


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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