Reinecke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Bavaria, Germany is the original homeland of the Reinecke family. Reinecke is a patronymic name, a type of surname that derived from the given name of the father of the original bearer. Reinecke was derived from the Old Germanic personal name Raginhari, which is composed of the Old German elements ragin, which means counsel, and hard, which means hardy.

Early Origins of the Reinecke family

The surname Reinecke was first found in Bavaria, where the name became noted for its many branches within the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied and enrolled by the princes of the region. Chronicles first mention Reinerus Reynberti of Rostolk around 1280. The Latin "Renerus" also became "Reinher" from which "Reinhard" was formed. In their later history the Reiners became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

Early History of the Reinecke family

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Reinecke Spelling Variations

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Reinecke include Reiner, Reine, Reinere, Rhiner, Reiners, Rainer, Rainers, Rainert, Rainere, Renerus (Latin) and many more.

Early Notables of the Reinecke family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the name Reinecke in this period include Vincentio (Vincenzio, Vincenzo) Reinieri (Renieri, Reiner) (1606-1647), an Italian mathematician and astronomer, close friend and disciple of...
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United States Reinecke migration to the United States +

European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Reineckes to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Reinecke Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Heinrich Reinecke, who arrived in America in 1779 [1]
  • Johann Reinecke, who arrived in America in 1783 [1]
Reinecke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Meta Reinecke, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [1]
  • Joh Gerh W Reinecke, who landed in America in 1839 [1]
  • Lazarus Reinecke, aged 18, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1850 [1]
  • Gottfr Reinecke, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1850 [1]
  • H C Reinecke, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Reinecke (post 1700) +

  • Mabel G. Reinecke, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1932, 1936, 1940 [2]
  • Fred A. Reinecke, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 31st District, 1923-24; Member of South Dakota State Senate 30th District, 1927-28 [2]
  • Edwin Reinecke (b. 1924), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from California 27th District, 1965-69; Lieutenant Governor of California, 1969-74; Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1972 [2]
  • Adolph F. Reinecke (b. 1866), American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Omsk, 1908-14 [2]
  • Paul Reinecke (1872-1958), German prehistorian
  • Edwin Reinecke (b. 1924), American politician, former Lieutenant Governor of California
  • Carl Reinecke (1824-1910), Danish composer, pianist and conductor

  • Walter Reinecke (1919-1941), German Matrose II who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]

  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, December 8) . Retrieved from
  3. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from on Facebook