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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.

Reiner Early Origins



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.

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Reiner Spelling Variations


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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.

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Reiner Early History


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Reiner Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reiner research. Another 177 words (13 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.

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Reiner Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Reiner Early Notables (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...

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reiner 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



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
  • Friedrich Reiner, who came to Philadelphia in 1730
  • Valentin Reiner arrived in Philadelphia in 1748
  • Valentin Reiner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Georg Reiner came to Philadelphia in 1749
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Reiner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Adam Reiner, aged 46, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Alois Reiner, aged 15, landed in New York in 1854
  • Apollonia Reiner, aged 17, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Haver Reiner, aged 7, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Magdale Reiner, aged 22, landed in New York in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Reiner Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Conrad Reiner, who landed in Arkansas in 1906

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Contemporary Notables of the name Reiner (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Reiner (post 1700)



  • 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
  • Carl Reiner (b. 1922), American nine-time Emmy Award winning actor, writer, director, and producer, best known for his role in a comedy duo with Mel Brooks
  • William Reiner, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bloomfield, 1922
  • Philip Reiner, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 11th District, 1863
  • Max Reiner, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Connecticut 1st District, 1936
  • Lillian Reiner, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York, 1952, 1954, 1976, 1978
  • Joel K. Reiner, American politician, Member of Minnesota State Senate, 1857-58, 1861-62
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Reiner


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Suggested Readings for the name Reiner



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

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Reiner Family Crest Products


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    2. 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).
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    6. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    7. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    8. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    9. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    11. ...

    The Reiner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reiner 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.

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