Last name origins & meanings:
- German: from a Germanic personal name composed with rag-
‘advice’, ‘counsel’, rāh(ha) ‘revenge’, or rīc
- South German: nickname from a diminutive of Middle
High German rū ‘rough’, derived from a base form
reule ‘coarse-haired (person)’. Compare German rauh.
- habitational name from a place in Rhineland called Reil.
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