When Christoph Stoffel Reich was born on 6 August 1738, in Hohentwiel, Singen (Hohentwiel), Konstanz, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, his father, Matthias Matthew Reich, was 25 and his mother, Anna Eva Schmidt, was 22. He married Veronica Lehmann in 1761, in Reading, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 13 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Wilferdingen, Bezirksamt Durlach, Karlsruhe, Grand Duchy of Baden, German Empire in 1738. He died in 1801, in Staunton, Augusta, Virginia, United States, at the age of 63, and was buried in Pennsylvania, United States.
Some characteristic forenames: German Hans, Kurt, Erwin, Gerhard, Alois, Otto, Volker, Erna, Udo, Wolfgang, Dieter, Egon.
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a wealthy or powerful man, from Middle High German rīch ‘of noble descent, powerful, rich’, German reich ‘rich’. This surname is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine), Poland, Hungary, Czechia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Croatia (see also 4 below).
German: from a short form of a personal name containing the Old High German element rīhhi ‘power, might’.
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