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Where did the German Reinke family come from? What is the German Reinke family crest and coat of arms? When did the Reinke family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Reinke family history?

The surname Reinke is a local name, derived from the Rhine River. The Rhine starts in Basel, Switzerland, and bends north through the German countryside until it reaches the North Sea, passing through the cities of Freiburg, Frankfurt, Bonn, and Cologne. Local names are based upon the place where the original bearer lived or held land.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Rhine, Rheina, Rhyne, Rhyn, Rheine, Rein, Ryne, Rine, Reno and many more.

First found in Switzerland, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as they emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reinke research. Another 533 words(38 lines of text) covering the years 1187, 1281, 1805, 1795, 1290, 1436, 1451, 1802, 1809, 1408, 1502, 1780, 1802, 1643 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Reinke History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 181 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reinke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Reinke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Herm Reinke, aged 20, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1845
  • Johan Diedrick Reinke, aged 26, landed in Missouri in 1847
  • Frederick Reinke, aged 59, landed in Missouri in 1848
  • Otto Reinke, who arrived in New York, NY in 1849
  • Carolina Reinke, who arrived in New Jersey in 1854


Reinke Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Joseph Reinke, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1908

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  • Johannes Reinke (1849-1931), German botanist and philosopher
  • Andreas Reinke (b. 1969), retired German footballer
  • Friedrich B. Reinke, German physician, best known for discovering Reinke's edema
  • Russell Earl Reinke (1921-2004), Liberal party member of the Canadian House of Commons


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The Reinke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reinke 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 12 March 2015 at 08:39.

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