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The surname Riehl was first found in Austria, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Chronicles first mention Johann Reimers of Bremen in 1293, Nokel Reimar of Eger, Bohemia, in 1350, and Hensl Raimer of Olmuetz. The oldest form of the name is "Reinmar" or "Reginmar," which meant literally "famous councillor." 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: Reimers, Reimer, Rimers, Rimer, Reymer, Reymers, Reimar, Reimars, Reimarus, Rheimer, Remer, Remers, Remmer, Remmers, Ramer, Ramers, Raimer, Raimers, Reinmar and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Riehl research. Another 363 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1710, 1738, 1694, 1768, 1200 and 1260 are included under the topic Early Riehl History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Riehl Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Gottfrid Riehl, who landed in New York, NY in 1710
  • Simon Riehl, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Nicholas Riehl, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Hans Riehl, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Jonas Riehl, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1742


Riehl Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Riehl, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1828
  • George Riehl, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1834
  • Phil Riehl, who arrived in America in 1853
  • Regina Riehl, aged 24, landed in America in 1854

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  • Herbert Riehl (1915-1997), German-born American meteorologist who is widely regarded as the father of tropical meteorology
  • Matt Riehl, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 2008
  • John Riehl, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Mayor of New Milford, New Jersey, 1952
  • Charles F. Riehl, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1888
  • Wilhelm Heinrich Riehl (1823-1897), German journalist, novelist and folklorist
  • Nikolaus Riehl (1901-1990), German nuclear chemist
  • Kevin Riehl (b. 1971), Canadian professional ice hockey player
  • Alois Adolf Riehl (1844-1924), Austrian philosopher


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  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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  6. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
  7. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
  8. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
  9. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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