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The roots of the distinguished German surname Riggers 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.

Riggers Early Origins



The surname Riggers 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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Riggers Spelling Variations


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Riggers 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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Riggers Early History


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Riggers Early History



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

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Riggers Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Riggers Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Riggers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Fritz Riggers, aged 24, who landed in America from Oldondorf, in 1893
  • Marie Riggers, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1896
  • Meta Riggers, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896

Riggers Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Hinrich Riggers, aged 17, who settled in America from Volkmarst, Germany, in 1908
  • Claus Riggers, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Oerel, Germany, in 1923
  • Anna Riggers, aged 16, who landed in America from Oerel, Germany, in 1924

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. 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).
    6. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    7. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    8. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Riggers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Riggers 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 3 September 2012 at 16:19.

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