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The origin of the proud surname Reiss 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 Reiss 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.

Reiss Early Origins



The surname Reiss 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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Reiss Spelling Variations


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Reiss 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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Reiss Early History


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Reiss Early History



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

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Reiss Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Reiss Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

Reiss Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Conrad Reiss, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Hans Reiss, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Martin Reiss, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Zachary Reiss, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Johan Reiss, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Reiss Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter Reiss, who landed in Texas in 1844
  • Valentin Reiss, who landed in Texas in 1846
  • Frederick Reiss, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1855
  • Henry Reiss, who arrived in Mississippi in 1858
  • John Reiss, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1860
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Reiss Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Caroline Reiss, aged 15, arrived in New York, NY in 1902
  • Anton Reiss, aged 18, landed in New York, NY in 1902
  • Ulrich Reiss, aged 8, arrived in New York, NY in 1902
  • Jacob Reiss, who landed in Alabama in 1915

Reiss Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Fried. Wm. Reiss, aged 20, a miller, arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Alfred"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Reiss (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Reiss (post 1700)



  • Mary S. Reiss, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1956
  • Joseph Reiss, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Queens County 6th District, 1932
  • Jerry Milborne Reiss (b. 1937), American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 16th District, 1990
  • F. W. Reiss, American Republican politician, Chair of Randolph County Republican Party, 1949
  • Elaine Reiss, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 2008
  • Bonnie Reiss, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2000
  • Bert Reiss, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 6th District, 1900
  • Morris D. Reiss, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 8th District, 1921; Defeated, 1921
  • Philip F. Reiss, American politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Naugatuck, 1902
  • Mike Reiss (b. 1959), American television comedy writer perhaps best known as show-runner, writer and producer for the animated series The Simpsons
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    2. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    3. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    6. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    7. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Reiss Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reiss 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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