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Richert (Richertz, Richaert, Richers, Riggert, Riggers), a family name which originated among the Mennonites of Prussia and spread to Russia and America. The earliest appearance of the name in Mennonite records is found in 1632. It was found in Danzig, Schönsee, and Przechovka. The Alexanderwohl church record has had many bearers of this name during more than 300 years. The first bearer of the name, Knels Richert, a shoemaker, joined the Mennonites in 1632. He was an ancestor of the Alexanderwohl Richerts. From Goessel, Kansas, the name has spread over numerous states.

Among the prominent members of the family have been Heinrich Richert, an outstanding leader of the Goessel Mennonite community, and his son Peter H. Richert (1871-1949), former pastor of the Tabor Mennonite Church of Goessel and a General Conference Mennonite leader. A second son, David H. Richert (1875-1964), was for many years professor of mathematics and astronomy at Bethel College. Peter Richert (1850-1937) served as pastor of the Reedley Mennonite Brethren Church. Herbert C. Richert (1900-1993) was professor of music at Tabor College. John Henry Richert (1883-1973) was a minister in the M.B. church at Dinuba, California, and Irvin Richert was pastor of the G.C.M. church at Buhler, Kansas.


Alexanderwohl Church Record.

Reimer, Gustav E. Die Familiennamen der westpreussischen Mennoniten. Weierhof: Mennonitische Geschichtsverein, 1940: 116.

Wedel, C. H. "Heinrich Richert." Bundesbote-Kalender. Berne, Indiana (1897): p. 28.

Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 324. All rights reserved.

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