Reifer Family History
Reifer Name Meaning
South German: occupational name for a linen measurer, from Middle High German reif, a measure of length for linen. South German: occupational name for a maker of rope, Reifschläger, or for the owner of a tavern (see Reiff). South German (Tyrol): topographic name for someone living at a landing place, from Romansh riva ‘riverbank’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name or nickname from the inflected form of German reif ‘mature’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press