The German state of Bavaria
is the ancestral home of the Richmaener family. Richmaener is a local
name, first used as a surname for someone who lived in Bavaria
, where the Richmaener 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 Richmaener family
The surname Richmaener 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 Richmaener family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Richmaener 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 Richmaener History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Richmaener 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 Richmaener include Reichmann, Reichman, Reichmen, Richmann, Richman, Richmen, Reichmanner, Reichmaenner, Richmanner, Richmaenner, Rickman, Rickmen, Reychman, Reychmann and many more.
Early Notables of the Richmaener family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Richmaener 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 Richmaener Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Richmaener family to the New World and Oceana
European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant
farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Richmaeners to arrive in North America, and among them were: 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.