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The roots of the distinguished German surname Rueger lie in the southern regions of Swabia, Bavaria, and Austria. The name is derived from the Middle High German words "reigel" or "reiger," both meaning "heron." The name was likely first bestowed on someone thought to have the characteristics of a heron as a nickname, eventually becoming a hereditary surname.

Rueger Early Origins



The surname Rueger was first found in Bavaria, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name Rieger became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.

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Rueger Spelling Variations


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Rueger Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Rieger, Reiger, Riegger, Reigger, Riegar, Reigar, Riger, Rigger, Ryger, Rygger, Riegler and many more.

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Rueger Early History


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Rueger Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rueger research. Another 178 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1790 and 1792 are included under the topic Early Rueger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rueger Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rueger Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Rueger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rueger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thebis Rueger, who arrived in Carolina in 1738
  • Just Henrich Rueger, who landed in New York, NY in 1782

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rueger (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rueger (post 1700)



  • James Rueger, American musician and composer, best known for his collaborative work for the Christian group Building 429
  • George Edward Rueger (b. 1929), retired American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church Auxiliary Bishop of Worcester (1987-2005), Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Worcester (2005-Present)

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    2. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    4. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    7. 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).
    8. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    9. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    10. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
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    The Rueger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rueger 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 29 January 2015 at 14:32.

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