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Reitz Early Origins



The surname Reitz was first found in Austria, where the name Reitz became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history, bearers of the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family. The origin of the name is very uncertain. The most likely possibility is that it is taken from a place in Pommerania and that then the family migrated south to Austria. It could also be taken from a shortened form of the personal names Ragizo, Raginhart or Reginbrandt. A third possibility is that Reitz is a variation of another surname, such as Reis. The family is so wide-spread that likely more than one of these possibilities is true and that several different families of the same name arose in different areas of Germany.

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Reitz Spelling Variations


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Reitz Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Reitz, Reits, Reitzel, Reizo and others.

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Reitz Early History


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Reitz Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reitz research. Another 208 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reitz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Reitz Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Reitz Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Reitz 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:

Reitz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mathaeus Gottfried Reitz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Friedrich Reitz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Johann Michael Reitz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1771
  • Johannes Reitz, who came to New York in 1782
  • Johannes Reitz, who landed in New York, NY in 1782

Reitz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francis A Reitz, who arrived in New York in 1833
  • George Reitz, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • Hartman Reitz, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Elizabeth Barbara Reitz, who landed in New York, NY in 1845
  • Michel Reitz, who landed in Brazil in 1845
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Reitz Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Christian Reitz, who arrived in Arkansas in 1902

Reitz Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Vilius Reitz, who landed in Canada in 1777-1783

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Contemporary Notables of the name Reitz (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Reitz (post 1700)



  • Walter Raleigh Reitz (1885-1957), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1920; Member of West Virginia State Senate 2nd District, 1927-30
  • T. Russell Reitz, American politician, Mayor of Manhattan, Kansas, 1974-75, 1977-78, 1981-82
  • Roger Reitz, American politician, Mayor of Manhattan, Kansas, 1999-2000; Member of Kansas State House of Representatives, 2003
  • Paul G. Reitz, American Republican politician, Mayor of Du Bois, Pennsylvania, 1960
  • Karl P. Reitz, American Republican politician, Mayor of Laconia, New Hampshire, 1986-88
  • Joyce Reitz, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 2004
  • John Reitz, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 7th District, 1881, 1887-88
  • Charles Reitz, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Missouri 5th District, 2000
  • Heinie Reitz (1867-1914), American baseball player
  • Dana Reitz (b. 1948), American dancer and choreographer
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Reitz


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Suggested Readings for the name Reitz



  • Parke-Reitz and Erwin-Powers Families of Kansas by Elva Griffith Reitz.
  • Supplement to Parke-Reitz and Erwin-Powers Families of Kansas by Louis Powers Reitz.

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Reitz Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. 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. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    5. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    6. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    7. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    8. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    11. ...

    The Reitz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reitz 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 16 September 2016 at 12:00.

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