Raetz History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Raetz family

The surname Raetz was first found in Belgium, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in East Flanders, a province in Belgium. Within this province the notable towns are Ghent, the capital city, St Nicolas, Alost, Termonde and Oudenarde. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into a most influential family.

Early History of the Raetz family

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Raetz Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Raet, Raete, Raetes, Raett, Raetts, Raette, Raets, Raetz, de Raet, van Raet, van der Raet, Rait, Raitte and many more.

Early Notables of the Raetz family (pre 1700)

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United States Raetz migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Raetz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Georg Michael Raetz, who settled in North America in 1833
  • Wilhelm Raetz, who arrived in New York, NY in 1851
  • John Raetz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1861 [1]
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Raetz, who arrived in North America in 1867


  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)


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