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The roots of the distinguished German surname Riger 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.

Riger Early Origins



The surname Riger 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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Riger Spelling Variations


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Riger 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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Riger Early History


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Riger Early History



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

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Riger Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Riger Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Riger 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:

Riger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Philips Riger, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Catarina Barbara Riger, aged 4, arrived in South Carolina in 1732
  • Anna Barbara Riger, aged 36, arrived in South Carolina in 1732
  • Nicholas Riger, who arrived in Georgia in 1732
  • Janett Ottallia Riger, aged 18, arrived in South Carolina in 1732
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Riger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Riger, aged 24, landed in Wisconsin in 1893
  • Rosalia Riger, aged 22, landed in Wisconsin in 1893

Riger Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Judah Riger, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

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Contemporary Notables of the name Riger (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Riger (post 1700)



  • Morris Riger, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from New Jersey, 1944
  • Louis Riger, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 13th District, 1937, 1938

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    5. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    7. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. 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).
    10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    11. ...

    The Riger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Riger 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 24 November 2015 at 09:49.

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