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Where did the German Riner family come from? What is the German Riner family crest and coat of arms? When did the Riner family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Riner family history?

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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  • Teddy Pierre-Marie Riner (b. 1989), French judoka who has won five world titles
  • Nicole Riner (b. 1990), retired Swiss tennis player, ranked of world number 265 (2009)
  • John Alden Riner (1850-1923), United States federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming


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  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
  7. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
  8. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  10. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
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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.

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