Show ContentsRael History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the German surname Rael begins in the former royal duchy of Swabia, now the modern region of Baden-Wurrtemburg. There are two possible origins for the name. Firstly, Rael may have originated as a diminutive of the Germanic personal name Hruodilo or Rudelin; in this case, the surname would be used to mean "son of Roll." Alternatively, the name may be derived from the Middle High German word "rolle," meaning "scroll" or "list."

Early Origins of the Rael family

The surname Rael was first found in the duchy of Swabia, where there are records of the name dating back as far as 1321, when Konrad Rölin was living near Strassburg. The young Rael family was prominent during these early times, playing an important role in the development of Swabian society.

Early History of the Rael family

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Rael Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Roll, Rholl, Rael, Rhaell, Roil, Rhael and many more.

Early Notables of the Rael family

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Rael Ranking

In the United States, the name Rael is the 5,728th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 1

Migration of the Rael family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Christoph Roll and his wife Maria Elisabeth, who settled in New Jersey in 1709; Hans Jorg Roll, who came to South Carolina in 1753 with his wife and son, Conrad Roll, who sailed from Bremen to New York in 1860.

Contemporary Notables of the name Rael (post 1700) +

  • Juan Bautista Rael (1900-1993), American ethnographer, linguist, and folklorist
  • Joseph Rael (b. 1935), Native American ceremonial dancer, shaman, writer, and artist

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