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The surname Ryker was first found in Switzerland, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation, and would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Reich, Reiche, Reichs, Reicher, Reick, Reicke, Reicker, Reichers, Rike, Ryke, Rycke, Reichle, Reichel, Riker and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ryker research. Another 317 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1277, 1286, 1356, 1720, 1342, 1610, 1645, 1286, 1667, 1734, 1637, 1717 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Ryker History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 151 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ryker 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: Thomas Reich, who sailed to New York in 1710. Among the many immigrants to follow this first settler were: Gottfried Reich, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1733.

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  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. 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 Ryker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ryker 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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