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

The ancient and distinguished surname Roosa is derived from the Middle High German word "rose," meaning "a rose." The name may have been first borne by someone who lived near a rose garden, or by someone who lived in a house bearing the sign of the rose. Alternatively, the name may be of nickname origin, referring to someone with a "rosy" complexion. The surname is common in many European countries, including England, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands, as well as Germany, and can be found under a large number of spelling variations.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Rose, Rosse, Rhose, Roese, Roser, Roeser, Roze, Roos, Roose, Roosa, Roosen and many more.

First found in Silesia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. The origins of the name make it likely that several branches of the family emerged independently during the Middle Ages; there are records dating from the 13th documenting the presence of the name Roosa in Schleswig-Holstein, Pomerania, Alsace, Swabia, and Bohemia, as well as Silesia.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roosa research. Another 385 words(28 lines of text) covering the years 1581, 1639, 1579, 1631, 1685, 1736, 1771, 1762, 1807, 1795, 1864, 1798 and 1873 are included under the topic Early Roosa History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 149 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Roosa Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Roosa Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Albert Heymans Roosa, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1620-1664

Roosa Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Arie Roosa, aged 44, arrived in New York in 1745

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  • De Witt Roosa, prominent American lawyer
  • Colonel (USAF, Ret.) Stuart Allen Roosa (1933-1994), American former NASA astronaut with over 216 hours, command module pilot for the Apollo 14 mission
  • Robert Vincent Roosa (1918-1993), American economist and banker, Treasury Undersecretary for Monetary Affairs


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