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Where did the Jewish Rothchild family come from? What is the Jewish Rothchild family crest and coat of arms? When did the Rothchild family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Rothchild family history?

The name Rothchild is a proud symbol of ancient Jewish culture. Before the late Middle Ages, people were known only by a single name. However, as the population increased and travelers set out on their journeys, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves. Rothchild was a surname given to a person with red hair. Rothchild is a nickname surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Occupational surnames were derived from the primary activity of the bearer. In the Middle Ages, people did not generally live off of the fruits of their labor in a particular job. Rather, they performed a specialized task, as well as farming, for subsistence. Other occupational names were derived from an object associated with a particular activity.


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The Rothchild Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rothchild Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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