When William Reich was born on 12 October 1805, in Stokes, North Carolina, United States, his father, Johannes Reich, was 28 and his mother, Anna Catharina Leinbach, was 27. He married Anna Salome Hein about 1824, in Stokes, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. He lived in Forsyth, North Carolina, United States in 1850. He died on 12 September 1853, at the age of 47, and was buried in Forsyth, North Carolina, 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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