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

Those lands along the southeast coast of the Baltic sea were the birthplace of the great Prussian name Rohrs. A single name was, at one time, all that people needed. However, increasing ease of travel and the burgeoning populations forced people to adopt a hereditary surname to set themselves apart from others. A common form of surname found in Prussia was the local name, a name taken on from an existing place-name. The surname Rohrs was first used by someone who lived in Brandenburg-Prussia.

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In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Rohrs 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 Rohrs 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 Rohrs 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 Rohrs Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Prussia played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany until after the Second World War. Prussia was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Rohrs were

Rohrs Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Conr Rohrs, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Friedr Rohrs, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849
  • Henr Rohrs, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Herman Rohrs, aged 33, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1848

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