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The Reiter surname is derived from the Middle High German word "rîter," which means "horseback rider" or "knight." It is thus likely that the first people to adopt this as a surname were either knights or descendants of knights.

Reiter Early Origins



The surname Reiter was first found in Austria, where this family became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Chronicles first mention Johann and Heinrich Riter of Ravensberg in 1326, Joerg Reiterer of Tirol in 1538, and Nicolaus Reyterer of Bruenn in 1365. The literal meaning of the word is "horseman," and is also related to the word "Ritter" which means "knight." Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.

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Reiter Spelling Variations


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Reiter Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Reiter, Reitter, Reither, Reitther, Reitterer, Reiter, Reiterer, Reyterer, Reyter, Reitel and many more.

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Reiter Early History


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Reiter Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reiter research. Another 219 words (16 lines of text) covering the year 1792 is included under the topic Early Reiter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Reiter Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Reiter Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reiter 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:

Reiter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henrig Reiter, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Mattys Reiter, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Samuel Reiter, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Susanna Reiter, who arrived in America in 1732
  • Peter Reiter, who landed in Georgia in 1734-1741
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Reiter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Magdalen Reiter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Geroge Reiter, aged 33, arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • Theres Reiter, who landed in North America in 1850
  • Christiane Reiter, aged 26, landed in New York in 1854
  • Christine Reiter, who arrived in New York in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Reiter Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Vendelin Reiter, aged 26, arrived in New York, NY in 1900
  • Susan Reiter, aged 23, landed in New York, NY in 1900
  • Leonard Reiter, who arrived in Arkansas in 1905
  • John Reiter, who landed in Arkansas in 1906

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Contemporary Notables of the name Reiter (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Reiter (post 1700)



  • Charles "Charlie" Reiter (b. 1988), American professional soccer player
  • Virgil Reiter, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1912
  • Julius J. Reiter (b. 1869), American politician, Mayor of Rochester, Minnesota, 1907-09, 1917-19, 1923-25, 1931-35; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1912, 1916
  • George Reiter, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 25th District, 2002
  • Frances L. Reiter, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 15th District, 1990; Presidential Elector for New York, 1992, 1996
  • Ambrose M. Reiter, American politician, Village President of Skokie, Illinois, 1960
  • A. G. Reiter, American politician, Candidate for Minnesota State Senate 27th District, 1942
  • Eugene Anthony Reiter, American vice-president of the 1st Vermont Bank, Church Falls, Va. (1964-)
  • William Martin Reiter, distinguished American chemical engineer
  • Markus Reiter (b. 1976), German football manager
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    5. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    6. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    9. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    10. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
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    The Reiter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reiter 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 25 November 2016 at 10:00.

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