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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.

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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.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rheinhard research. Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1468, 1819, 1665, 1736, 1664, 1712, 1695, 1766, 1790, 1761, 1837, 1813, 1769 and 1840 are included under the topic Early Rheinhard History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 211 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rheinhard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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
  • Philipp Rheinhard, who arrived in America in 1752
  • Godfrey Rheinhard, who arrived in New Jersey in 1772
  • Joseph Rheinhard, who landed in America in 1777-1783

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  10. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
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This page was last modified on 20 September 2013 at 09:57.

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