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A multitude of prestigious family names, such as the surname Rinehart, were formed in the lands which became the modern state of Silesia. In the medieval era, Germany was fragmented and inhabited by numerous barbarian tribes, who fought amongst themselves for control of the land. The ancient dukedom of Silesia derived its name from the Germanic tribe named the Silingers, who occupied Silesia between the 2nd and 6th centuries.
The surname Rinehart was first found in Saxony, where this family became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. The name stems from the Old-German word "Regin-hard" which means "brave in council." Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Reinhardt, Reinhard, Reinhart, Rheinhardt, Rheinhart, Rheinhard, Reinherdt, Reinherd, Reinhert, Reinert (northern Germany), Reinardt, Reinard and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rinehart research. Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1468, 1819, 1665, 1736, 1664, 1712, 1695, 1766, 1790, 1761, 1837, 1813, 1769 and 1840 are included under the topic Early Rinehart History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Prominent bearers of the family name Rinehart at this time were Johann Reinhard III of Hanau-Lichtenberg (1665-1736), the last of the counts of Hanau-Lichtenberg; Philipp Reinhard of Hanau-Münzenberg (1664-1712), Count of Hanau-Münzenberg; Christian Karl Reinhard of Leiningen-Dachsburg-Falkenburg-Heidesheim (1695-1766), a German nobleman; Hans Reinhardt, a royal lieutenant captain in the Austrian army...
Another 66 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rinehart Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Rinehart Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Rinehart Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Rinehart Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rinehart 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 11:22.