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The surname Riner 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 Riner 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 Riner 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 Riner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Isaac Reno, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1751. Also, Johannes J. Rhine to Philadelphia in 1753; Vallendien Ryne to Philadelphia in 1753; Peter Rhine to Boston in 1766.

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  • William A. Riner, American politician, Justice of Wyoming State Supreme Court, 1928-31; Appointed 1928
  • Samuel S. Riner, American politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from New London, 1920
  • George W. Riner, American Democrat politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Jackson County 8th District, 1943-44; Defeated, 1946
  • Charles P. Riner, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1920
  • John Alden Riner (1850-1923), United States federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming
  • Nicole Riner (b. 1990), retired Swiss tennis player, ranked of world number 265 (2009)
  • Teddy Pierre-Marie Riner (b. 1989), French judoka who has won five world titles


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The Riner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Riner 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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