The ancestral home of the Reychman family was in the German state of Bavaria
. Reychman is a local
name for a person who lived in Bavaria
, where the Reychman family achieved distinction for its contribution to the region's medieval society. This surname was a nickname
surname, and derived from the German words, reich,
which means rich,
and mann, which
Thus, the bearer of this name was known for his material wealth, or perhaps because he behaved in a princely or regal manner.
Early Origins of the Reychman family
The surname Reychman was first found in Bavaria
, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power. Chronicles first mention Hatnel Richman in 1380, and one Richmannus of Bremen in 1382.
Early History of the Reychman family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Reychman research.Another 351 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1777, 1744, 1715, 1849, 1903, 1882, 1642, 1737, 1702 and 1703 are included under the topic Early Reychman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Reychman Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Reychman include Reichmann, Reichman, Reichmen, Richmann, Richman, Richmen, Reichmanner, Reichmaenner, Richmanner, Richmaenner, Rickman, Rickmen, Reychman, Reychmann and many more.
Early Notables of the Reychman family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Reychman in this period include Theodor Reichmann (1849-1903), a German baritone from Rostock who joined the Vienna
Opera in 1882... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Reychman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Reychman family to the New World and Oceana
Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant
farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Reychman or a variant listed above: Anne Reichman, who sailed to England
and/or America in 1709 with her children. Among the many other immigrants to follow these first settlers were: Hans Richman, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1741.