Thanks. It's good to know more specifically where in Germany the name originated. I was aware of the pronunciation. I sang with a German women's choir for a couple of years and learned some simple rules of German pronunciation. Whenever "ie" or "ei" appear in a word, the first letter is silent and the second letter is pronounced as a long vowel. For Reiff, the result is the long "i" sound as you say. I suppose that's how in America it often came to be spelled Rife.
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