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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Rapp, Rap, Rappe and others.

First found in Thuringia, where the family was known for its contributions to the prosperity and culture of the emerging feudal society. The family branched into numerous houses, many of which acquired estates and manors throughout the surrounding regions.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rapp research. Another 168 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1771 and 1809 are included under the topic Early Rapp History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Rapp Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rapp Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Anna Apollonia Rapp, who emigrated from the Palatinate region to New York in 1710
  • Apolonia Rapp, who landed in America in 1723
  • Bernhard Rapp, who settled in Philadelphia in 1741
  • Johan Michael Rapp, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754
  • Bernard Rapp, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1762


Rapp Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Christian Rapp, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1804
  • Christina Rapp, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Adam Gottleib Rapp, who was naturalized in Baltimore in 1811
  • Jean Rapp, aged 26, landed in New York, NY in 1848
  • Joseph Rapp, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850


Rapp Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Pius Rapp, aged 37, landed in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1902

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  • George Rapp (1770-1847), American religious leader
  • Adam Rapp, American novelist, playwright, screenwriter and filmmaker
  • Anthony Dean Rapp (b. 1971), American stage and film actor
  • Daniel Joseph "Danny" Rapp (1941-1983), American musician
  • Jean Rapp (1772-1821), French soldier


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  • The Rapp Tree, 1801-1973 by Gladys Mack.
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  2. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
  3. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
  7. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
  8. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  9. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The Rapp Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rapp 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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