Show ContentsRheinhard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

A multitude of prestigious family names, such as the surname Rheinhard, were formed in the lands which became the modern state of Silesia. In the medieval era, Germany was fragmented and inhabited by numerous barbarian tribes, who fought amongst themselves for control of the land. The ancient dukedom of Silesia derived its name from the Germanic tribe named the Silingers, who occupied Silesia between the 2nd and 6th centuries.

Early Origins of the Rheinhard family

The surname Rheinhard was first found in Saxony, where this family became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. The name stems from the Old-German word "Regin-hard" which means "brave in council." 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.

Early History of the Rheinhard family

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Rheinhard Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Reinhardt, Reinhard, Reinhart, Rheinhardt, Rheinhart, Rheinhard, Reinherdt, Reinherd, Reinhert, Reinert (northern Germany), Reinardt, Reinard and many more.

Early Notables of the Rheinhard family

Prominent bearers of the family name Rheinhard at this time were Johann Reinhard III of Hanau-Lichtenberg (1665-1736), the last of the counts of Hanau-Lichtenberg; Philipp Reinhard of Hanau-Münzenberg (1664-1712), Count of Hanau-Münzenberg; Christian Karl Reinhard of Leiningen-Dachsburg-Falkenburg-Heidesheim (1695-1766), a German nobleman; Hans Reinhardt, a royal lieutenant captain in the Austrian army and was ennobled by Kaiser Leopold I for...
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United States Rheinhard migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rheinhard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Barbara Rheinhard, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752 [1]
  • Philipp Rheinhard, who arrived in America in 1752 [1]
  • Godfrey Rheinhard, who arrived in New Jersey in 1772 [1]
  • Joseph Rheinhard, who landed in America in 1777-1783 [1]

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook