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The origin of the proud surname Reiser can be traced to the historic kingdom of Bohemia, which is now part of the Czech Republi c. 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 Reiser 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.

Reiser Early Origins



The surname Reiser 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.

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Reiser Spelling Variations


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Reiser 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.

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Reiser Early History


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Reiser Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reiser research. Another 221 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1505, 1606, 1645, 1870, and 1897 are included under the topic Early Reiser History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Reiser Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Reiser Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reiser 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Reiser Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Valtin Reiser, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Simon Reiser, who arrived in Georgia in 1734-1741
  • William Reiser, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Bartholomew Reiser, who landed in Georgia in 1741
  • John Michael Reiser, who landed in Georgia in 1741
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Reiser Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • August Reiser, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1877
  • Henry Reiser, who arrived in Arkansas in 1892
  • Frederick Reiser, who arrived in Arkansas in 1898

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Contemporary Notables of the name Reiser (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Reiser (post 1700)



  • John Reiser (1938-2005), American NASCAR race car driver
  • Paul Reiser (b. 1957), American stand-up comedian, actor, author, screenwriter and musician
  • Tom Reiser, American Republican politician, Republican Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 25th District, 2000 (primary), 2002
  • Everett G. Reiser, American politician, Mayor of Cadillac, Michigan, 1958-59
  • Elizabeth G. Reiser, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1964
  • Chad Reiser, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Idaho, 2008
  • Carleton Carl Reiser, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Ohio 4th District, 1950
  • C. H. Othmar Reiser (1861-1936), Austrian ornithologist
  • Jean-Marc Reiser (1941-1983), French comics creator

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    4. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    5. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    8. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    11. ...

    The Reiser Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reiser 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 2 December 2016 at 08:10.

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