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

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 Rabb 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 Rabb History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rabb Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Rabb, aged 27, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775

Rabb Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Saml Rabb, aged 23, landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1803
  • Samuel Rabb to Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1803
  • Andrew Rabb, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871


  • Jonathan Rabb (b. 1964), American novelist, essayist, actor and writer
  • Maxwell Milton Rabb (1910-2002), American diplomat, United States Ambassador to Italy (1981-1989)
  • Luther James Rabb (1942-2006), American singer, musician and songwriter
  • John Andrew Rabb (b. 1960), American former Major League Baseball catcher who played from 1982 to 1988
  • Ivan Rabb Jr. (b. 1997), American gold medalist basketball player at the 2014 FIBA World U17 Championship
  • Kate Milner Rabb (1866-1937), American Hoosier author and columnist for the Indianapolis Star
  • Theodore K. Rabb (b. 1937), American historian, Emeritus Professor of History at Princeton University
  • Jerard Rabb (b. 1984), former American NFL football wide receiver who played from 2007 to 2008
  • George B. Rabb (b. 1930), American zoologist, former director of the Brookfield Zoo from 1976 until 2003
  • Ellis Rabb (1930-1998), American actor and director


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  9. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  10. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
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The Rabb Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rabb 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.

This page was last modified on 30 September 2015 at 15:06.

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