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

The historic German region of Prussia was the original home of the name Roher. Roher was a local name, a type of hereditary surname that identified people by the places where they lived. Landowners were the first to use local names, which often used the prefix "von," meaning "of" or "from," in some cases a mark of aristocratic birth. Local names are by far the most common type of German hereditary surname. Roher was a name for someone who lived in Brandenburg-Prussia.

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One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Roher include Rohre, Roehr, Roehrer, Rohrer, Rorer, Ror, Rore, Roar, Roare, Rhor, Rhore, Rorau (Silesia), Rohr, Roer, Roeher and many more.

First found in Brandenburg, where the name could be considered to have made a great early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of modern Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the tribal and national conflicts, with each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile. Chronicles first mention Albrecht Rorer, or Albrecht "from the Ror," who was born in Eger in Bohemia around 1330.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roher research. Another 374 words(27 lines of text) covering the years 1314, 1381, 1400, 1672, 1674, 1757, 1800, and 1839 are included under the topic Early Roher History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 22 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Roher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North America. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Roher Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Jacob Roher, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749

Roher Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Henry Roher, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1852

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The Roher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Roher 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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