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The roots of the distinguished German surname Reigel lie in the southern regions of Swabia, Bavaria, and Austria. The name is derived from the Middle High German words "reigel" or "reiger," both meaning "heron." The name was likely first bestowed on someone thought to have the characteristics of a heron as a nickname, eventually becoming a hereditary surname.

Reigel Early Origins



The surname Reigel was first found in Swabia, where the name is thought to have originated. The documents listing the earliest known bearer of the name have been traced to this region, where B. den Raiger was recorded to be living in Mengen, Württemburg in 1275. The young Reigel family was instrumental during this early period, playing a crucial role in the development of medieval Swabian society.

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Reigel Spelling Variations


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Reigel Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Reigel, Reigle, Reiger, Reigl and others.

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Reigel Early History


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Reigel Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reigel research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1493, 1525, 1660, and 1719 are included under the topic Early Reigel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Reigel Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Reigel Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reigel 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:

Reigel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anty Reigel, aged 24, landed in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Burgt Reigel, aged 21, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737

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Contemporary Notables of the name Reigel (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Reigel (post 1700)



  • William Ernest "Bill" Reigel (1932-1993), American basketball player and coach
  • Wava Reigel, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 2004

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    9. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    10. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
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    The Reigel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reigel 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.

    This page was last modified on 3 November 2015 at 10:01.

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