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Bavaria, Germany is the ancestral home of the Rademacher family. The Germans began using hereditary surnames in the 12th century. Rademacher is an occupational name, which was derived from the kind of work done by the original bearer. It is a name for a wheelmaker or wheelwright. The name stems from the German noun rat, meaning wheel. The origin is more clear in the variant "Rademacher."


The surname Rademacher was first found in Bavaria, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. Chronicles first mention Cuncz Redler in 1259 in Iglau, Hans Redel and A. Radel of Bohemia in 1407, Johann Radler of Znaim in 1420, and the knight Goslaus von Redern in 1292 near Neisse. Often the name was associated with work involving mills, but might also stemm from wheel makers (thus the old variation "Rademacher"). From the earliest times, though, it was widespread and not restricted to a profession. The name branched into many houses whose contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Rademacher include Rad, Raed, Raeder, Rehder, Redder, Rader, Raders, Rade, Radder, Redler, Redl, Raedler, Redler, Radl, Rademacher, Radenmacher and many more.


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The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Rademacher Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Peter Rademacher arrived in Philadelphia in 1754
  • Johan Peter Rademacher, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754
  • Johan Michael Rademacher, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1769
  • Bernh Rademacher, who arrived in America in 1778
  • Bernhard Rademacher came to Winterhill, Massachusetts in 1778
  • ...

Rademacher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • H Rademacher, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849
  • Carsten Rademacher, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849
  • Anna Rosina Rademacher, aged 24, landed in America in 1839
  • M Cath Rademacher, who arrived in America in 1846
  • A Adelheid Rademacher, who landed in America in 1848
  • ...

  • Ingo Rademacher (b. 1971), German-born, American based Australian television actor
  • Erich "Ete" Rademacher (1901-1979), German three-time gold and two-time silver medalist swimmer and water polo player and breaststroke swimmer at the 1928 and 1932 Summer Olympics
  • Hans Adolph Rademacher (1892-1969), German mathematician, known for his work in mathematical analysis and number theory who developed the Rademacher distribution and Rademacher's theorem

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    Other References

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    3. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
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    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
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    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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    The Rademacher Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Rademacher 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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