The Name Reinhold

Dan Fielding a.k.a. Reinhold
Dan Fielding

If you watched Night Court back in the ’80s and ’90s, the name Reinhold Weege might look familiar to you.

Reinhold Weege was the show’s creator. He passed away several days ago, but his obituary mentions that he liked to poke fun at his unusual name via the show.


One of the most popular Night Court characters was the lecherous prosecutor Dan Fielding (played by John Larroquette). He wasn’t born Dan Fielding, though. His birth name was Reinhold Fielding Elmore. He’d had his name changed “out of embarrassment.”

So where does the name come from, in terms of etymology? Reinhold — and related names like Reynold, Ronald, and Reginald — can be traced back to an ancient Germanic name created from the words ragin, “advice, decision,” and wald, “ruler.”

Source: Hanks, Patrick, Kate Hardcastle and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of First Names. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

(h/t Charles G Hill of

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