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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.

Early Origins of the Riner family

The surname Riner was 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.

Early History of the Riner family

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Riner Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Riner family

Notables of the time with the surname Riner were Amadeus Rhein, who was the Grand Prior of the Johannite Order of Knights in 1408. Caspar Rhein was the Bishop of Basel until 1502. Both these men were of the Rhein von und zu Rhein family. Also of this eminent line...
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Riner Ranking

In the United States, the name Riner is the 15,687th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 1

Migration of the Riner family

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.

Contemporary Notables of the name Riner (post 1700) +

  • William A. Riner, American politician, Justice of Wyoming State Supreme Court, 1928-31; Appointed 1928 2
  • Samuel S. Riner, American politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from New London, 1920 2
  • George W. Riner, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Jackson County 8th District, 1943-44; Defeated, 1946 2
  • Charles P. Riner, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1920 2
  • 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

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Earl W. Riner, American Gunner's Mate Third Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking 3

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