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Reinel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Bavaria, Germany is the original homeland of the Reinel family. Reinel is a patronymic name, a type of surname that derived from the given name of the father of the original bearer. Reinel 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 Reinel family

The surname Reinel 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 Reinel family

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Reinel Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Reinel include Reiner, Reine, Reinere, Rhiner, Reiners, Rainer, Rainers, Rainert, Rainere, Renerus (Latin) and many more.

Early Notables of the Reinel family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the name Reinel 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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Migration of the Reinel family to the New World and Oceana

Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Reinel or a variant listed above:

Reinel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Franz Reinel, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Friedrich Reinel, aged 25, who settled in America, in 1894
  • Anton Reinel, aged 31, who settled in America from Qiguitz, in 1899

Reinel Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Josef Reinel, aged 34, who settled in Cleveland, in 1900
  • Nicolas Reinel, aged 21, who landed in America from Bissen, in 1905
  • Fred Reinel, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States, in 1924

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