Reinking History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Bavaria, Germany is the original homeland of the Reinking family. Reinking is a patronymic name, a type of surname that derived from the given name of the father of the original bearer. Reinking 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 Reinking family
The surname Reinking 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 Reinking family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reinking research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1728, 1606, 1647 and 1728 are included under the topic Early Reinking History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Reinking 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 Reinking include Reiner, Reine, Reinere, Rhiner, Reiners, Rainer, Rainers, Rainert, Rainere, Renerus (Latin) and many more.
Early Notables of the Reinking family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Reinking 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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| Reinking migration to the United States ||+|
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 Reinking or a variant listed above:
Reinking Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Julius Reinking, who arrived in America in 1840 
|Contemporary Notables of the name Reinking (post 1700) ||+|
- Ann Reinking (1949-2020), American actress, dancer, and choreographer, winner of the Tony award for Best Choreography and the Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer
- 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)