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The roots of the distinguished German surname Reigle 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.

Reigle Early Origins



The surname Reigle 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 Reigle family was instrumental during this early period, playing a crucial role in the development of medieval Swabian society.

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Reigle Spelling Variations


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Reigle Spelling Variations



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

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Reigle Early History


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Reigle Early History



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

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Reigle Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Reigle Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reigle 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 or some of its variants were: Anty Reigel, who settled in Philadelphia in 1737; as did Georg Reiger in 1754; Carolina Reiger, who came to Baltimore in 1832; Ludwig Reigel, who was naturalized in Philadelphia in 1852.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Reigle (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Reigle (post 1700)



  • Daniel P. Reigle (1841-1917), Union Army soldier during the American Civil War who received the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the Battle of Cedar Creek
  • Edmund "Ed" Reigle (1924-2003), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player from Winnipeg, Manitoba who played 17 games for the Boston Bruins

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    3. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    4. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    7. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    10. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
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    The Reigle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reigle 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 29 November 2013 at 08:40.

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