|A little INFO about the REITMEIER
The German origin name is considered to be a compound name
including "reit" and "meier." Research has come
up with 3 origins.
1. Toponymic Origin. "From a place name near
which the original bearer lived or held land." There are
place names in Germany like, REUTH, REITH, near Hutschenreuth and
2. Locative Origin. "From a particular feature,
either man made or natural, near which the original bearer lived or held
land. Variants of the name include, Reitmayer, Reithmaier and
Reithmeier which are derived from the Upper German word "reut"
and the Old High German work "riuti" meaning a clearing, so the
name referred to "one who dwelled by or near a clearing."
3. Nickname Origin. "From a physical characteristic
or personal attribute of the initial name bearer." Variant of
the surname "Reitmayer," meaning "the mayor in
repent," derived from the German word "meier" meaning
References to this surname or to a variant includes a
record of one named, "REUTMEIR," a server of Nickaretz in 1570,
who was then recorded in 1573 as Benedikt Reitmeier. Michael
Reutmayer was a citizen and baker of Straubing who was granted a coat of
arms on December 12, 1651 from Count Max Hundt of Lautterbach. Josel
Reittmayer was granted nobility and a coat of arms from King Franz in
Blazon of Arms:
The coat of arms in verse is described as: Quarterly, first and fourth
azure; on a mound of three vert; a lion
rampant or; holding a cornucopia or;
filled with flowers. Second and third argent; issuing from a wall
chequy and or; a horse rearing
sable. Crest: Between a vol the dexter or on azure; the sinister
sable on argent; the lion of the arms issuing from a crown or; holding the
cornucopia of the arms.
Rampant - (ramp'-ant) Said of a beast of
prey, as a lion, rising with fore paws in the air., as if attacking. The
right fore leg and the right hind leg should be raised higher than the
left. Unless otherwise specified, the animal faces dexter.
Vert The color/tincture
green. 1. Green vegetation that can serve as cover for deer. Used in
English forest law. 2.The right to cut such vegetation.) represents Hope,
Chequy Divided into small alternating squares of two tinctures; --
said of the field or of an armorial bearing. A field divided into small
squares, of different tinctures, resembling a chess board. Usually made up
of seven squares in the top line, and in depth according to the length of
Gules The color red,
indicated on a blazon by vertical lines.
Sable The tincture black; -- represented by
vertical and horizontal lines crossing each other. Represents
Vol - A pair of wings; two wings
conjoined and displayed in base
Dexter - The right; situated on the
right. The dexter side of the shield is that opposite the left hand of the
Azure - Bright blue. Used especially in describing
the escutcheons of gentlemen beneath the degree of baron. The same color
on a nobleman's coat is called sapphire, from the stone, and that on the
coat of a sovereign prince Jupiter, from the planet of that name.
Engravers represent azure in heraldry by horizontal lines.
Cornucopia - Bounty of Nature's gifts
Lion - dauntless or deathless courage
Horse - readiness for all events - Readiness for
all employments for king and country.