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The roots of the distinguished German surname Rieger lie in the southern regions of Swabia, Bavaria, and Austria. The name is derived from the Middle High German words "reigel" or "reiger," both meaning "heron." The name was likely first bestowed on someone thought to have the characteristics of a heron as a nickname, eventually becoming a hereditary surname.

Rieger Early Origins



The surname Rieger was first found in Bavaria, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name Rieger became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.

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Rieger Spelling Variations


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Rieger Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Rieger, Reiger, Riegger, Reigger, Riegar, Reigar, Riger, Rigger, Ryger, Rygger, Riegler and many more.

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Rieger Early History


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Rieger Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rieger research. Another 178 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1790 and 1792 are included under the topic Early Rieger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rieger Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rieger Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Rieger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rieger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Jerick Rieger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1728
  • Jacob Friederick Rieger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1734
  • Anthoni Rieger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Lawrence Rieger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Joannes Bartholomew Rieger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1740
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rieger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Rosina Rieger, who landed in America in 1839
  • Henry Rieger, aged 25, landed in New Orleans, La in 1845
  • Henry Rieger settled in New Orleans in 1845
  • Nicolass Rieger, aged 26, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • Conrad Rieger, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1860
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rieger Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Godfried Rieger, aged 47, arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Gellert"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rieger (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rieger (post 1700)



  • Henry "Hank" Rieger (1918-2014), American television executive, President of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (1973-1975, 1977-1980)
  • I. P. Rieger, American politician, Village President of River Forest, Illinois, 1960
  • Colonel (Ret.) James Edward Rieger (1874-1951), American lawyer and Army officer awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the French Croix de Guerre
  • Peter Rieger (b. 1953), East German long jumper at the 1980 Summer Olympics
  • Adolf Rieger (1899-1956), German silver medalist wrestler at the 1928 Summer Olympics
  • Manfred Rieger (b. 1941), German Olympic weightlifter at the 1964, 1968 and 1972 Summer Olympics
  • Max Rieger (b. 1946), German alpine skier at the 1968 and 1972 Winter Olympics
  • Fritz Rieger (1910-1978), German chief conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra from 1971 to 1972
  • Silvia Rieger (b. 1970), German Olympic athlete
  • Nicole Rieger (b. 1972), German Olympic pole-vaulter
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    5. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    6. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    7. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    10. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
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    The Rieger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rieger 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.

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