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The surname Rine is a local name, derived from the Rhine River. The Rhine starts in Basel, Switzerland, and bends north through the German countryside until it reaches the North Sea, passing through the cities of Freiburg, Frankfurt, Bonn, and Cologne. Local names are based upon the place where the original bearer lived or held land.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Rhine, Rheina, Rhyne, Rhyn, Rheine, Rein, Ryne, Rine, Reno and many more.

First found in Switzerland, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as they emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rine research. Another 533 words (38 lines of text) covering the years 1187, 1281, 1805, 1795, 1290, 1436, 1451, 1802, 1809, 1408, 1502, 1780, 1802, 1643 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Rine History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 181 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rine Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rine Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Rine, who landed in Virginia in 1664
  • Richard Rine, who arrived in Maryland in 1676

Rine Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Charles Rine, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1776

Rine Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Margaret Carey Rine, aged 25, who arrived in America from Londonderry, Ireland, in 1893

Rine Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Butha Rine, aged 22, who settled in Fremont, Nebraska, in 1904
  • Arthur Rine, aged 45, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1912
  • E. Augustus Rine, aged 54, who arrived in Caldwell, New Jersey, in 1913
  • Harriette Rine, aged 50, who arrived in Caldwell, New Jersey, in 1913
  • Lewis Rine, aged 17, who arrived in New York, U.S.A., in 1916


Rine Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • Guedes Rine, aged 18, who arrived in La Praire, Quebec, Canada, in 1912

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  • Jasper Donald Rine (b. 1953), American scientist, member of the National Academy of Sciences, Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development at the University of California, Berkeley
  • W. R. Rine, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates 2nd District, 1899-1900
  • Frank H. Rine, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1930
  • Edwin M. Rine, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1916


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The Rine Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rine 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 8 January 2016 at 11:20.

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