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This surname Reus is an ethnic name, a variety of local name. This name translated roughly as "the Russian," and was undoubtedly given to someone who had moved into Germany from Russia at some point in the very early Middle Ages. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another barony would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Reussner, Reusener, Reussen, Reussener, Ruse, Russe, Rusener and many more.

First found in Saxony, where the name could be considered to have made a great contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of modern Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the tribal and national conflicts, with groups seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile. Chronicles mention Konrad der Ruesse of Esslingen in 1324, C. der Reusse of Franconia in 1272, the knight Arnolt der Ruesse, born in Lahr in 1298, and Jacobus Reuss (Ruthenus) of Bruenn in 1360. Reuss is the name of two former German principalities which were, after 1918, amalgamated into Thuringia.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reus research. Another 370 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1120, 1264, 1292, 1571, 1722, 1751, 1778, 1790, 1804, 1806, 1816, and 1891 are included under the topic Early Reus History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reus Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Reus Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Hermanus Reus went to Philadelphia in 1796
  • Anna Maria Elisabeth Reus, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1796
  • Antonius Reus, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1796
  • Bebramus Josephus Reus, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1796
  • Hermanus Josephus Reus, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1796


Reus Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Pedro T Reus, aged 30, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1855

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  2. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
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  7. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
  10. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
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The Reus Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reus 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 23 September 2010 at 15:37.

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