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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. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    5. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    6. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    7. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    8. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
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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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