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Early Origins of the Rieth family

The surname Rieth was first found in Belgium, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in Brabant, an ancient duchy from 1190 onward. Within the province Brussels and Louvain are the major cities and the smaller Clabecq, Tubize and Wavre towns. Other towns include Vilvorde, Tirlemont and Hal. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into a most influential family.

Early History of the Rieth family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rieth research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the year 1789 is included under the topic Early Rieth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rieth Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Riethoven, Riethovven, Riethovenn, Riethovene, Riethovenes, Riethovens, Rietthoven, Rietthovenn, Richtoven, Reichtoven and many more.

Early Notables of the Rieth family

The surname was distinguished by many in this era including

  • the Riethoven family of Brabant

Rieth Ranking

In the United States, the name Rieth is the 18,481st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Rieth migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rieth Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anna Dorothea Rieth, who arrived in America sometime between 1709 and 1717
  • Catharine Rieth, who arrived in New York, NY in 1709 [2]
  • Leonhard Rieth, who arrived in New York, NY in 1709 [2]
  • Anna Catharina Bern Rieth, who settled in New York in 1710
  • Caspar Rieth, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1728
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Rieth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Agnes Dorothea Rieth, who arrived in North America in 1819
  • Elisabeth Rieth, who arrived in North America in 1855 [2]
  • Joseph Rieth, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1860 [2]
  • August Julius Rieth, who settled in New York, NY in 1884

Contemporary Notables of the name Rieth (post 1700) +

  • Major General Glenn K. Rieth (b. 1957), American officer, Adjutant General of New Jersey and the Commander of the New Jersey Army and Air National Guard
  • Bill Rieth (1916-1999), American football guard who played four seasons with the Cleveland Rams of the National Football League
  • Derek Rieth (1971-2014), American percussionist for the Pink Martini
  • Hermann Rieth, German operatic bass active in the mid 20th century


  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?". NameCensus.com, https://namecensus.com/last-names/
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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