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Early Origins of the Rapp family

The surname Rapp was first found in Thuringia, where the family was known for its contributions to the prosperity and culture of the emerging feudal society. The family branched into numerous houses, many of which acquired estates and manors throughout the surrounding regions.

Early History of the Rapp family

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Rapp Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rapp, Rap, Rappe and others.

Early Notables of the Rapp family

Notable members of the surname Rapp in this period were

  • the Rapp family of Thuringia

Rapp Ranking

In the United States, the name Rapp is the 2,717th most popular surname with an estimated 12,435 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Rapp is ranked the 5,203rd most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. [2]

United States Rapp migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rapp Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anna Apollonia Rapp, who emigrated from the Palatinate region to New York in 1710
  • Apolonia Rapp, who landed in America in 1723 [3]
  • Bernhard Rapp, who settled in Philadelphia in 1741
  • Johan Michael Rapp, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 [3]
  • Bernard Rapp, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1762 [3]
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Rapp Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Christian Rapp, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1804
  • Christina Rapp, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1806 [3]
  • Adam Gottleib Rapp, who was naturalized in Baltimore in 1811
  • Jean Rapp, aged 26, who landed in New York, NY in 1848 [3]
  • Joseph Rapp, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [3]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Rapp (post 1700) +

  • Joel Malcolm Rapp (1934-2021), American writer and director who worked extensively in film and television
  • Thomas Dale "Tom" Rapp (1947-2018), American singer and songwriter, best known as the leader of Pearls Before Swine, a psychedelic folk rock group of the 1960s and 1970s
  • Vernon Fred Rapp (1928-2015), American Major League Baseball manager and coach
  • Daniel Joseph "Danny" Rapp (1941-1983), American musician
  • Anthony Dean Rapp (b. 1971), American stage and film actor
  • Adam Rapp, American novelist, playwright, screenwriter and filmmaker
  • George Rapp (1770-1847), American religious leader
  • Jean Rapp, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [4]
  • Jean Rapp (1772-1821), French soldier
  • Major-General Rapp Brush (1889-1958), American Commanding General 40th Division, Philippines (1942-1945) [5]

Suggested Readings for the name Rapp +

  • The Rapp Tree, 1801-1973 by Gladys Mack.

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. 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)
  4. Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, August 12) Jean Rapp. Retrieved from
  5. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) Rapp Brush. Retrieved from on Facebook