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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright © 2000 - 2016
Origins Available: German, Scottish
The name is derived from an Old-German personal name, which meant "raven."
Spelling variations of this family name include: Raabe, Rabe, Rab, Raaber, Raber, Rave (northern Germany), Rabe, Rabl (Bavaria), Rable, Rabb, Raab and many more.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Raab research. Another 382 words (27 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.
Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Raab Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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
- Joh Georg Raab, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754
- Conrad Raab, who arrived in New York, NY in 1782
Raab Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Catherine Raab, aged 52, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
- Elizabeth Raab, aged 25, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
- Heindrick Raab, aged 25, landed in New York, NY in 1847
- Maria Raab, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847
- Lucas Raab, who landed in Ohio in 1854
- 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
- William Edward Raab (1891-1968), American politician, Mayor of Normal, Illinois, 1952-60
- W. Arthur Raab, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988
- Julius C. Raab, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1944
- Henry Raab, American Democrat politician, Illinois superintendent of public instruction, 1883-87, 1891-95; Alternate Delegate to Gold Democrat National Convention from Illinois, 1896
- Eugene Raab, American Republican politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1996
- Michael Raab (b. 1982), American butterfly swimmer
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The Raab Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Raab 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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