Reiner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

The surname Reiner 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 Reiner family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reiner research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1728, 1606, 1647 and 1728 are included under the topic Early Reiner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Reiner 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 Reiner include Reiner, Reine, Reinere, Rhiner, Reiners, Rainer, Rainers, Rainert, Rainere, Renerus (Latin) and many more.

Early Notables of the Reiner family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the name Reiner 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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Reiner Ranking

In the United States, the name Reiner is the 8,358th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Reiner 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 Reiners to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Reiner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Jung Reiner, who landed in New York in 1709 [2]
  • Friedrich Reiner, who settled in Philadelphia in 1730
  • Valentin Reiner, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1748
  • Valentin Reiner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748 [2]
  • Georg Reiner, who settled in Philadelphia in 1749
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Reiner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Adam Reiner, aged 46, who arrived in New York in 1854 [2]
  • Alois Reiner, aged 15, who landed in New York in 1854 [2]
  • Apollonia Reiner, aged 17, who arrived in New York in 1854 [2]
  • Haver Reiner, aged 7, who arrived in New York in 1854 [2]
  • Magdale Reiner, aged 22, who landed in New York in 1854 [2]
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Reiner Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Conrad Reiner, who landed in Arkansas in 1906 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Reiner (post 1700) +

  • Carl Reiner (1922-2020), American nine-time Emmy Award winning actor, writer, director, and producer, best known for his role in a comedy duo with Mel Brooks
  • Irving Reiner (1924-1986), American mathematician at the University of Illinois who worked on representation theory
  • Jared Thomas Reiner (b. 1982), American former professional basketball player
  • Rob Reiner (b. 1947), American two-time Emmy Award winning actor, director, writer and producer, whose more popular films include "Misery" and "When Harry Met Sally", perhaps best known for his television role as Michael Stivic on "All in the Family", son of Carl Reiner
  • Frederick Martin "Fritz" Reiner (1888-1963), Budapest-born, American early 20th century conductor of opera and symphonic music
  • William Reiner, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bloomfield, 1922 [3]
  • Philip Reiner, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 11th District, 1863 [3]
  • Max Reiner, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Connecticut 1st District, 1936 [3]
  • Lillian Reiner, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York, 1952, 1954, 1976, 1978 [3]
  • Joel K. Reiner, American politician, Member of Minnesota State Senate, 1857-58, 1861-62 [3]
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Bismarck
  • Wolfgang Reiner (1919-1941), German Leutnant zur See who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [4]
  • Josef Reiner (1920-1941), German Maschinengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [4]
Triangle Waist Company
  • Miss Rose Reiner, American worker who was at Triangle Waist Company factory at the Asch building in Greenwich Village on the 25th March 1911 when fire broke out; she survived the fire [5]


Suggested Readings for the name Reiner +

  • Ancestors and Descendants of Johann Jacob Reiner and Elsbeth Hitz and Allied Lines by Helen A. Reiner Reed.

  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
  5. ^ Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire (retrieved on 3rd August 2021.) Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triangle_Shirtwaist_Factory_fire


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