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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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  1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  2. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  3. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
  4. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
  5. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  6. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  7. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
  8. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
  9. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
  10. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. 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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