Rash History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Rash was derived from one of several place names in the German empire, such as Rasch near Nuremberg or Raschau in Saxony. The surname most likely emerged independently in several different kingdoms before it began to branch to still more regions.

Early Origins of the Rash family

The surname Rash was first found in Pomerania, where the name could be considered to have made a great early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of modern Europe. Chronicles first mention Johann Rasche of Stralsund, Pomerania, in 1277, Ruel Rascher of Frankfurt in 1300, and Cunrath Rasch of Allgae, Pomerania in 1361. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the tribal and national conflicts at a time when groups sought power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.

Early History of the Rash family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rash research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the year 1645 is included under the topic Early Rash History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rash Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rasch, Raasch, Rasche, Raschers, Raschig and many more.

Early Notables of the Rash family (pre 1700)

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rash Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Rash migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rash Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Rash, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [1]
Rash Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Rash, who arrived in South Carolina in 1716 [1]
  • Diedrick Rash, aged 19, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748 [1]
  • Michael Rash, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1754 [1]

Australia Rash migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Rash Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Rash (post 1700) +

  • Jim Rash (b. 1970), American actor, comedian and Academy Award-winning screenwriter
  • Ron Rash (b. 1953), American poet, short story writer, and novelist
  • Nicole Rash (b. 1984), American model and actress


  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)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851


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