Raab History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name is derived from an Old-German personal name, which meant "raven."

Early Origins of the Raab family

The surname Raab was first found in Austria, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiance to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power. Chronicles first mention Kunz Rabl of Prague in 1385.

Early History of the Raab family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Raab research. Another 245 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1230, 1350, 1545, 1703, 1745, 1831, and 1852 are included under the topic Early Raab History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Raab Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Raabe, Rabe, Rab, Raaber, Raber, Rave (northern Germany), Rabe, Rabl (Bavaria), Rable, Rabb, Raab and many more.

Early Notables of the Raab family (pre 1700)

Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Raab Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Raab migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Raab Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Balthaser Raab went to Philadelphia in 1754
  • Balthaser Raab, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754 [1]
  • Joh Georg Raab, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 [1]
  • Conrad Raab, who arrived in New York, NY in 1782 [1]
Raab Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Catherine Raab, aged 52, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • Elizabeth Raab, aged 25, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • Heindrick Raab, aged 25, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • Maria Raab, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • Lucas Raab, who landed in Ohio in 1854 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Raab (post 1700) +

  • Jennifer J. Raab, American academic, 13th and current President of Hunter College of the City University of New York
  • Selwyn Raab (b. 1934), American author and former investigative reporter for The New York Times
  • Benjamin "Ben" Raab, American comic book writer and editor
  • Alexander Raab (1882-1958), Hungarian-born, American pianist and distinguished piano teacher
  • Michael Raab (b. 1982), American butterfly swimmer
  • William Edward Raab (1891-1968), American politician, Mayor of Normal, Illinois, 1952-60 [2]
  • W. Arthur Raab, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988 [2]
  • Julius C. Raab, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1944 [2]
  • Henry Raab, American Democrat politician, Illinois superintendent of public instruction, 1883-87, 1891-95; Alternate Delegate to Gold Democrat National Convention from Illinois, 1896 [2]
  • Eugene Raab, American Republican politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1996 [2]
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bismarck
  • Erich Raab (1914-1941), German Bootsmaat who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details


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