The ancient German region of the Rhineland
was the original home of the ancestors of the Rösbach surname. Rösbach 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, and they often attached the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from," to the surname. Often, the use of "von" was a mark of aristocratic birth. Local
names are by far the most common style of German hereditary surname. Rösbach was a name for someone who lived beside roses by a stream. Rösbach is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.
Early Origins of the Rösbach family
The surname Rösbach was first found in the Rhineland
, where the name could be considered to make a great early contribution to the feudal
society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. The name became prominent in local
affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, with each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.
Early History of the Rösbach family
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Rösbach Spelling Variations
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 Rösbach include Rosenbach, Rosbach, Roesbach, Rosebach, Rosenback, Rosback, Roesback, Roseback, Rosenbacher, Rosenbacker, Rosenbecker, Rosenbecher, Rosenbech and many more.
Early Notables of the Rösbach family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rösbach family to the New World and Oceana
Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including many Rhinelanders, made the voyage to North America between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was an escape from religious persecution and poverty and also an opportunity for people to start over and own their own land. Most landed at Ellis Island
, off New York before moving on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and California. Some also landed in Canada and settled in Ontario, while others headed west to the prairie provinces. A study of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of people bearing the name of Rösbach, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early: Peter Rosenbach, who sailed to England
and/or America in 1709. Also, Peter Rosebach, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1754; Mr. Rosenback to San Francisco in 1850.