A multitude of prestigious family names, such as the surname Rienhardt, 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.
Early Origins of the Rienhardt family
The surname Rienhardt 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.
Early History of the Rienhardt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rienhardt 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 Rienhardt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rienhardt Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Reinhardt, Reinhard, Reinhart, Rheinhardt, Rheinhart, Rheinhard, Reinherdt, Reinherd, Reinhert, Reinert (northern Germany), Reinardt, Reinard and many more.
Early Notables of the Rienhardt family (pre 1700)
Prominent bearers of the family name Rienhardt at this time were Johann Reinhard III of Hanau-Lichtenberg (1665-1736), the last of the counts of Hanau-Lichtenberg; Philipp Reinhard of Hanau-Münzenberg (1664-1712), Count of Hanau-Münzenberg; Christian Karl Reinhard of Leiningen-Dachsburg-Falkenburg-Heidesheim (1695-1766), a German nobleman; Hans Reinhardt, a royal lieutenant captain in the Austrian
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Migration of the Rienhardt family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Henry Reinhard, who sailed to England
or America in 1709. Also: Ulrich Reinhardt, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1733; Ulrich Reinhart to Philadelphia in 1749.