Reise History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origin of the proud surname Reise can be traced to the historic kingdom of Bohemia, which is now part of the Czech Republic. In the Middle Ages, many of the Bohemians were a part of the Holy Roman Empire, which was characterized by the Feudal System. Before this era, people were known only by a single name. However, as the population increased and travel became more prevalent, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves. Many people, such as the Reise family, adopted the name of their feudal occupation as their surname. The name goes back to the mediaeval German "ris" or "risle," which meant literally "branch" or "twig,"and the surname was an occupational name for a wood carver.

Early Origins of the Reise family

The surname Reise was first found in Bohemia, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. They later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society. Chronicles first mention Clesse Reysse of Mainz in 1444, and Leonhart Reiser of Nuremberg in 1443. The name goes back to the mediaeval German "ris" or "risle," which meant literally "branch" or "twig." Reisser could also refer to a wood carver.

Early History of the Reise family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reise research. Another 140 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1505, 1606, 1645, 1870, and 1897 are included under the topic Early Reise History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Reise Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Reis, Reisle ( Bavaria, Swabia), Reiss, Reisse, Riess, Ries, Reise, Reisz, Reiser, Reisser, Riser, Reysse, Reys, Reyss, Rice, Ris, Risse, Rise, Risle and many more.

Early Notables of the Reise family (pre 1700)

Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reise Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Reise migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Reise Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • August Reise, aged 49, who arrived in Missouri in 1844 [1]
  • Martha Reise, who landed in Texas in 1846 [1]
  • Anhalt Reise, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • Carolina Reise, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • Frederick Reise, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1853 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Reise migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Reise Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Gustave Reise, aged 40, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879
  • Henrietta Reise, aged 41, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879

Contemporary Notables of the name Reise (post 1700) +

  • Leopold Adolph Emile "Leo" Reise Sr. (1892-1975), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player who played from 1920 to 1932
  • Leo Charles Reise Jr. (1922-2015), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player who played from 1945 to 1954, son of Leo Reise


  1. ^ 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)


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