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Where did the German Raasch family come from? When did the Raasch family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Raasch family history?

The name Raasch was derived from one of several place names in the German empire, such as Rasch near Nuremberg or Raschau in Saxony. The surname most likely emerged independently in several different kingdoms before it began to branch to still more regions.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Rasch, Raasch, Rasche, Raschers, Raschig and many more.

First found in Pomerania, where the name could be considered to have made a great early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of modern Europe. Chronicles first mention Johann Rasche of Stralsund, Pomerania, in 1277, Ruel Rascher of Frankfurt in 1300, and Cunrath Rasch of Allgae, Pomerania in 1361. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the tribal and national conflicts at a time when groups sought power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Raasch research. Another 232 words(17 lines of text) covering the year 1645 is included under the topic Early Raasch History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 34 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Raasch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Raasch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Johanna Luise Wilhelmine Raasch, aged 33, landed in America in 1843
  • Martin Raasch, aged 28, arrived in America in 1844
  • Dorothea Elis Raasch, aged 35, arrived in America in 1844

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  • Amy Raasch, American actress, known for her work on The Four Corners of Nowhere (1995) and Momma's Boy (2002)
  • Joe Raasch, American visual effects specialist, known for his work on Saw II (2005) and The Tudors (2007)
  • Emanuel Raasch, German gold, three-time silver, two-time bronze medalist racing cyclist, active 1975 through 1991
  • Nicola Raasch (b. 1970), German actress from Berlin
  • Manfred Raasch (1931-1965), German actor from Berlin


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