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Subject: Reybold Surname Origin
Category: Family and Home > Families
Asked by: greeneyes521-ga
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Posted: 18 Sep 2006 23:14 PDT
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I want to know the origin of the last name "Reybold."  I have been
told that it is either German or British in origin, but I have not
been able to find any hard data on this.  I also know that of the few
Reybold families in the U.S., most are located in the New Jersey,
Pennsylvania and Delaware area.  Specifically, I am looking for a
meaning for the name, what nation it originated from, what area of
that nation, if possible.

There are a lot of genealogy sites out there, but what I am not
looking for is a list of links to these sites.

Request for Question Clarification by answerfinder-ga on 19 Sep 2006 01:13 PDT
Dear greeneyes521-ga,

I have found no definitive answer for you, but I suspect from my own
experience of genealogy that the suname Reybold may be a corruption,
perhaps of the British surnames Raybold or Raybould.

If you search the 1881 census for US and Britain with the exact
spelling of Reybold, there are 62 shown in the US but none in Britain
or Canada. 55 of these were born in the States, and 7 in Germany, but
it is to be noted that they had anglicized first names.

If you search the British 1841 census there is only one family shown
with the surname Reybold. I suspect this is the result of bad
handwriting or bad spelling on the census return.

For both countries in these censuses there is a high volume of hits on
the surnames Raybold and Raybould.

If you search the National Archives in the UK, there are only three
documents with the spelling Reybold or near variations. One document
is even transcribed as Reabold or Reybold. There is high volume
responses to Raybold and Rayboulds.

A search on the Surname Profiler Project Website in the UK shows that
both Raybold and Raybould surnames in 1881 were concentrated in the
West Midlands area of England. No data was available for Reybold as
there were insufficient names found.

I could find nothing which suggest the surname came from Germany.

In view of the above, I suggest that the surname Reybold is probably a
corruption of the name Raybold or Raybould.

Let me know if this answers your question, or whether I can expand it
in any particular area.


Request for Question Clarification by answerfinder-ga on 19 Sep 2006 04:18 PDT
Perhaps there may be a German connection, see myoarin-ga's helpful comment below.
In view of that, ignore my request as to whether this research serves as an answer.

Request for Question Clarification by scriptor-ga on 19 Sep 2006 09:01 PDT
Personally, I believe that the name Reybold is of German origin. I
will do research in German books on surname etymology the next days.
Should Reybold prove to be an alternative form of Reibold (a rare, but
existing family name in Germany today), I will let you know.


Request for Question Clarification by scriptor-ga on 22 Sep 2006 10:14 PDT
Well, I have spent some time in the library today. Unfortunately, I
can't offer a good answer. The name "Reybold" is not listed in any of
the books on surname etymology, while "Reibold" is (a name with very
old Germanic roots, by the way). This does not mean that Reybold was
never a German name. Since German surnames developed over a very long
period of time, with countless variants, it is impossible to include
all names that existed. And I found numerous examples for spelling
variants where an "i" was replaced with a "y". We are talking about
times when spelling was not at all static, so there might certainly
have been Reibolds whose surname was spelled as Reybold. The problem
is that I can't prove it. So I'll leave this question to someone who
has better sources than I could find.

There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Reybold Surname Origin
From: myoarin-ga on 19 Sep 2006 03:28 PDT
The spelling "Reybold" would be unusual in Germany, but it could be an
adaption of Reibold and Riebold, especially the former, trying to
assure the Reibold be pronounced correctly with a long I.

This site may be of interest:
Subject: Re: Reybold Surname Origin
From: answerfinder-ga on 19 Sep 2006 04:14 PDT
Thank you for the suggestion and your knowledge of German which I
don't have. I see in the US 1881 census there are 43 Riebold and 74
Reibold. It looks as if greeneyes521-ga may have to go back down the
US line to try and find the first use of Reybold and then their
possible origin.
Subject: Re: Reybold Surname Origin
From: markvmd-ga on 19 Sep 2006 04:45 PDT
Wouldn't it mean "bold for the King" or something similar?
Subject: Re: Reybold Surname Origin
From: fp-ga on 19 Sep 2006 08:48 PDT
As mentioned by Myoarin "the spelling 'Reybold' would be unusual in
Germany", i.e. there is no Reybold currently in the German telephone
However, in previous centuries spelling this name with "y" was not
unusual in Germany, e.g.
Michael Reybold, 1557
Reybold, Gottlob August v., 1696
However, as suggested by Answerfinder, tracing your US line would be
the best way to determine where in Europe (UK or Germany) to proceed
with the research.
Subject: Re: Reybold Surname Origin
From: fp-ga on 19 Sep 2006 10:55 PDT
In my previous comment I mentioned Gottlob August v. Reybold. Here is
an example of his name being written "Reibold", i.e. "i" not "y"):;title=;ze310015;target=99

Volume 31 (1742);title=Titelblatt;target=30

of the encyclopedia published by Johann Heinrich Zedler
Subject: Re: Reybold Surname Origin
From: greeneyes521-ga on 19 Sep 2006 12:35 PDT
Thank you all for your help, this is all quite interesting
information.  I know I have both German and British ancestory, so it
is difficult to sort out.  It is interesting that Reybold could have
been more common in Germany in the past than it is today.  Much of my
German ancestory is Pennsylvania Dutch so it certainly seems intuitive
that most Reibold/Reybolds migrated the the PA area early on,
explaining why the name is more common here than anywhere else.  Of
course this is all just a theory, so who knows  ;)

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