Following is information arrived (1/3/97) from Franz Reitmeier. Many Thanks. We will put more up here and put it in a logical order as time allows.
(this was the letter that came with the info...do you have anthing to add??)
my brother has read your family page in the internet, so I am enclosing some brief information about the history of the Reitmeier family. The documents and data that were needed to compile this summary were made available by:
Dipl.-Ing. Franz Reitmeier
In more than 50 years of intensive genealogical research, Mr. Reitmeier has located, sorted and evaluated a large amount of data and numerous different documents. Now Mr. Reitmeier from Hamburg is 82 years old and he has give me all the documents to continue his work. At this moment I collect all the information's I get, and it is now more than 60 pages and includes all the typical writing off the "Reitmeiers"
Unfortunately its impossible for me, to translate this all in the English language. Perhaps you can speak German, so you can read it.
More I can send later.
(thanks Franz. Slowly, over time we will get all the documents into English, but will
leave the deutch versions up also - any volunteers?)
The first half of the name of the "Reitmeier" family has a geographical background and comes from the German word "Reute", one of the ways of spelling the old German word "Ruiti", meaning "cultivation of land", with it's variants "riet" and "rod".
The second half ("meier") = the administrator of ecclesiastical or ducal estates.
Some of the different ways the name is spelled in various dialects:
Spelling Date Place when first mentioned Rawtmair (w=Y) 1345 Citizen of Landshut Rewtmayr 1435 Zeydloren Reytmayr 1443 (name spelled in different ways Reydmayr 1443 in the same document!) Reutmair 1448 Utzmannstorf, Nuremberg Reitmair 1454 Deuthofen Reytmair 1462 Stollenried Reidmair 1462 Stolenried ! Reitmeier 1487 Reyth, Tierberg Reitmair 1495 Fürlprumn, Deuthofen Rewtmair 1497 in REYD Reitmor 1552 Deutenhofen Reitmaier 1530 Augsburg, Regensburg Reittmayr 1540 Kehlheim Reitmayr 1555 Regensburg Reimaier 1627 Arnschwang Reimayr 1646 Krottenhof Reithmayer 1646 Krottenhof Reymayr 1675 Neukirch Reithmayer 1689 Straubing Reitmayer 1697 Vilshofen Reithmeier 1825 Heidenkofen
Since Most of these names rarely appear in general lists of names, it can be assumed that they have the same origin.
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