There are some variations of the family name Reinke, like Reincke, Reincken, Reinecke, Reinicke, Reinike or Reinken.
is a north German surname. The family name might have dirived from the first name Reinhard/Reynard.
There was also a village called Klein Reinkendorf in Kreis Randow (Randow county), near Stettin, today Warzymice, in the administrative district of Gmina Kołbaskowo, within Police county, West Pomeranian Voivodeship, in north-western Poland, close to the German border.
According to Geogen the most Reinke family name bearers could be found in the north German Landkreise (counties) Uecker-Randow, close to the Polish border, and Vechta. The family name Reinke according to Geogen appraisals was ranked on the 768th place of the most common names in Germany in 2002. There are about 9,832 people with the name Reinke projected from telephone entries on the total German population. There is an incidence of 7,850 Reinkes in the USA, 1,574 in Brazil, 731 in South Africa, 592 in Australia, 254 in Argentinia, 226 in Canada, 108 in Chile, 108 in Szwitzerland and 106 in the Netherlands.
There are around 1,784 people with the family name Reincke projected by Geogen from telephone entries on total population of Germany. There are about 521 individuals with the family name Reincke in the USA, about 115 in the Netherlands, 45 in Szwitzerland, 37 in Australia, 32 in the United Kingdom, 29 in Sweden, 23 in the United Arab Emirates and 20 in Denmark.
Association with a fox
Reynard the Fox (in German: Reineke Fuchs) is a literary cycle of medieval allegorical Dutch, English, French and German fables. The first extant versions of the cycle date to the second half of the 12th century. The genre is very popular throughout the Late Middle Ages, and in chapbook form throughout the Early Modern period.
The stories are largely concerned with Reynard (Dutch: Reinaert; French: Renard; German: Reineke or Reinicke; Latin: Renartus) is the main character, an anthropomorphic red fox and trickster figure.