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Where did the German Riek family come from? What is the German Riek family crest and coat of arms? When did the Riek family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Riek family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Reich, Reiche, Reichs, Reicher, Reick, Reicke, Reicker, Reichers, Rike, Ryke, Rycke, Reichle, Reichel, Riker and many more.

First found in Switzerland, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation, and would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Riek research. Another 317 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1277, 1286, 1356, 1720, 1342, 1610, 1645, 1286, 1667, 1734, 1637, 1717 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Riek History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 151 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Riek Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Riek Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Wm Riek, who landed in Ohio in 1826
  • Anna Riek, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849
  • Arend Riek, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Henrich Riek, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849
  • Ludw Riek, who landed in North America in 1832-1849


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  • Gustav Riek (b. 1900), German archaeologist from the University of Tübingen who worked with the SS Ahnenerbe in their excavactions


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  2. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
  3. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
  4. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
  7. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
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The Riek Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Riek 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.

This page was last modified on 6 May 2014 at 20:11.

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