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Spelling variations of this family name include: Rahn, Raphan, Rahon, Raphan and others.

First found in Hamburg, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs is also connected to several place names in the Holstein region. The nobility of the name were also held in Denmark.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rahm research. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1622 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Rahm History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rahm Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rahm Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Konradt Rahm, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741
  • Kasper Rahm, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1744
  • Barbara Rahm, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Elisabeth Rahm, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Johan Heinrich Rahm, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749


Rahm Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Rahm, who arrived in Texas in 1844
  • William Rahm, who landed in Indiana in 1850
  • Adam Rahm, who arrived in Texas in 1851

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  • John B. Rahm (1854-1935), American bronze medalist golfer at the 1904 Summer Olympics
  • Kevin Rahm (b. 1971), American actor, best known for his role as Kyle McCarty on Judging Amy
  • William Rahm Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1888
  • John M. Rahm, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1896
  • Herman Rahm, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 21st District, 1922
  • Christina Rahm (1760-1837), Swedish operatic singer and a dramatic actress
  • Lennie Arne Robin Rahm (b. 1986), Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender
  • Philippe Rahm (b. 1967), Swiss architect, founder of Philippe Rahm Architects, Paris, France


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  2. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
  3. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
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  6. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
  7. 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).
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  9. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
  10. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
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The Rahm Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rahm 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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