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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

  • Johan Michel Rinehart, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Henry Rinehart, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1764
  • Johann Adam Rinehart, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1773
  • George Rinehart, who arrived in Frederick County, Maryland in 1798

Rinehart Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Rinehart, who arrived in Maryland in 1812
  • Christian Rinehart, who arrived in Maryland in 1826
  • Tetrick Rinehart, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1834
  • Michael Rinehart, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837
  • Frank Rinehart, aged 21, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1872

  • Lisa Rinehart, ballet dancer for the American Ballet Theater
  • Aubrey Rinehart, American model, actress and business woman
  • Patricia Rinehart, American poet and playwright
  • Frank Albert Rinehart (1861-1928), American artist
  • Chad Rinehart (b. 1985), American football guard
  • Dana G. "Buck" Rinehart (b. 1946), American politician, 50th mayor of Columbus, Ohio
  • Charles Ramsay Rinehart (1875-1933), American football player, engineer and businessman
  • Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876-1958), American writer
  • William Henry Rinehart (1825-1874), noted American sculptor
  • Orville Rinehart, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 47th District, 1915-16
  • ...

  • The Rineharts of Perry Co. Ohio by Bruce Anderson.

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    Other References

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    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    4. 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).
    5. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    6. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    7. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    8. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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    The Rinehart Family Crest was acquired from the 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.

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