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

Schleswig-Holstein, which is the northernmost state in western Germany, is the homeland of the proud surname Rosengrant. By and large, hereditary surnames were formed in Germany when areas of Schleswig, and most of the German states, were a part of the Holy Roman Empire. At this time, as the population of Europe swelled and travel became easier, people began to encounter others sharing their own name and they avoided confusion by adopting a second name. Common forms of surnames found in Schleswig are those that are derived from nicknames.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Rosenkrantz, Rosenkranz, Rosenkrans, Rosenkrant, Rossenkrantz, Rossenkranz, Rossenkrant, Rossenkrants, Rozenkrantz, Rozenkranz, Rosenkrants, Rozenkrant, Rozenkrants, Rosencrantz, Rosencrants, Rosencranz, Rosencrant, Rosecrans, Rosencrans, Rosecrantz, Rosekranz, Rosekrantz and many more.

First found in Schleswig-Holstein, where this family became prominent contributors to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as they emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. Translated literally, the name means "crown of roses." In the year 1325, Holger Rosenkranz traveled to Rome from Denmark to receive a crown of roses from the pope, which he then incorporated into his coat-of-arms. He was the son of Knight Erich von Rosenkranz, and owned the estates of Bollar in Jutland. He married Margaretha von Flemming, from the nobility of Norway, thus extending the family estates into that country.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rosengrant research. Another 233 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1596, 1675, 1676, 1805, and 1879 are included under the topic Early Rosengrant History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Herman Rosenkranz, who sailed to New Netherlands (now New York) in 1657. Among those who followed this first settler were: Johann C. Rosenkrantz, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1773.

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