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  • Catarina Barbara ‘Caty’ Reisner (1750 - 1836)
    Catarina Barbara Sechs Birth 10 AUGUST 1750 • Virginia or Frederick County, Maryland, Death 11 JANUARY 1836 • Bell County, Kentucky. daughter of Johannes Conrad Sechs 1722-1772 and Catharine Ba...
  • David Julius Reisner (1899 - 1944)
    Eintrag im »Gedenkbuch« des Bundesarchivs: Reisner, David Julius geboren am 08. Februar 1899 in Hannover / - / Hannover wohnhaft in Essen Emigration: 1933, Niederlande Deportation: ab Niederl...
  • Ella Verständig (1902 - 1943)
    Eintrag im »Gedenkbuch« des Bundesarchivs: Verständig, Ella geborene Reisner geboren am 01. September 1902 in Hannover / - / Hannover wohnhaft in Wilhelmshaven, Berlin und Bielefeld (Umschulungsl...
  • Jenny Reisner (1901 - 1944)
    Eintrag im »Gedenkbuch« des Bundesarchivs: Reisner, Jenny geborene Grünberg geboren am 07. April 1901 in Osnabrück / - / Hannover wohnhaft in Essen Emigration: 1933, Niederlande Deportation: ...

About the Reisner surname

There are probably several independent sources for the surname Reisner. For the German-Swedish Christian Reisners, it has been said that the name might come from the German reisen, to travel, but the proper form for a traveller should actually be Reisender which leaves this theory in doubt. Other thoughts are welcome.

Among Jews, the surname seems to appear in three major clusters: Latvian-Lithuanian-Belarusian, Austrian-Galician and Hungarian. In the Lithuanian case, the name would seem to be a toponym referring to someone from Rayzn, a Yiddish term denoting an area now roughly southern Lithuania and northern Belarus (more or less the former Grodno Gubernia). A person from Rayzn would be a Rayzner = Reisner. Similarly, in the Galician case, there is an area of Ukraine known as Ruthenia. It, too, was known in Yiddish as Rayzn, hence the Galitzianer Reisners. The Hungarian case remains unclear, but it likely originated as an extension of the Galitzianer Reisners.

Any alternative explanations are more than welcome.