Reiff Family History
Reiff Name Meaning
South German and German: from Middle High German reif ‘(barrel) hoop’, ‘ribbon’, ‘cord’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a cooper or maker of ribbons, or from a house or tavern with the sign of a hoop. German: from the medieval personal name Riff, a short form of the Germanic name Richfrit, composed of the elements ric ‘power(ful)’ + frid ‘peace’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name or nickname from German reif ‘mature’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press