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The roots of the distinguished German surname Reiger 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.

Reiger Early Origins



The surname Reiger was first found in Bavaria, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name Rieger became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.

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Reiger Spelling Variations


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Reiger Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Rieger, Reiger, Riegger, Reigger, Riegar, Reigar, Riger, Rigger, Ryger, Rygger, Riegler and many more.

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Reiger Early History


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Reiger Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reiger research. Another 178 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1790 and 1792 are included under the topic Early Reiger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Reiger Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Reiger Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Reiger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henrig Reiger, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Ulrick Reiger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Joannes Barthol Reiger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740
  • George Reiger, who arrived in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1740
  • Jacob Frederick Reiger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741

Reiger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles H Reiger, who landed in Mississippi in 1858
  • Lewis Reiger, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876
  • Michael Reiger, who landed in Arkansas in 1884

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Contemporary Notables of the name Reiger (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Reiger (post 1700)



  • William C. Reiger, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 25th District, 1880
  • Joseph Reiger, American politician, Dry Candidate for Delegate to New York convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933
  • John C. Reiger, American politician, Representative from California, 1982, 2004
  • Eliza Reiger, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1924
  • Elias Gerson Reiger (1892-1931), American Republican politician, Social worker; Candidate for New York State Senate 12th District, 1922
  • John Leslie Reiger (b. 1909), American physician
  • Harry William Reiger (b. 1890), American football player
  • Kerreen Reiger, Australian academic and author

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    7. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    10. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
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    The Reiger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reiger 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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