Rilling History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Rilling family

The surname Rilling was first found in Bavaria, where the name Riling was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

Early History of the Rilling family

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Rilling Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Riling, Rehling, Rehlen, Rehlingen, Relongue, Rehland, Rilling, Rilin and many more.

Early Notables of the Rilling family (pre 1700)

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United States Rilling migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rilling Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Philipp Rilling, who arrived in Chile in 1928 [1]

New Zealand Rilling migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Rilling Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Rilling, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Eastfield" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 12th December 1857 [2]
  • Mrs. Jane Rilling, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Eastfield" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 12th December 1857 [2]
  • Miss Margaret Rilling, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Eastfield" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 12th December 1857 [2]
  • Mr. Robert Rilling, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Eastfield" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 12th December 1857 [2]
  • Mr. Andrew Rilling, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Eastfield" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 12th December 1857 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Rilling (post 1700) +

  • Harry Rilling, American politician 40th Mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut (2013-)
  • John S. Rilling (b. 1860), American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, 1894; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1896 [3]
  • Helmuth Rilling (b. 1933), German choral conductor and an academic teacher, founder of the Gächinger Kantorei (1954), the Bach-Collegium Stuttgart (1965), the Oregon Bach Festival (1970), the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart (1981)


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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