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All Irish surnames have underlying meanings that can be traced back to their fullest points when the names first appeared in a Gaelic form. The name Rath originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Graith or Mag Raith; these are both derived from the personal name Craith.

Rath Early Origins



The surname Rath was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clįr) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Rath Spelling Variations


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Rath Spelling Variations



Official documents, crafted by early scribes and church officials, primarily contained names that were spelled according to their pronunciation. This lead to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating an illusion that a single person was many people. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Rath that are preserved in the archival documents of the time are MacGrath, MacGraw, MacGrauth, Magrath, Magraw and many more.

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Rath Early History


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Rath Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rath research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1600, and 1650 are included under the topic Early Rath History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rath Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rath Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Rath Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In the 18th and 19th centuries hundreds of thousands of Irish people immigrated to North American shores. The early settlers were enticed by the promise of their own land, but they were moderately well off in Ireland when they decided to emigrate. Therefore, they were merely carrying out a long and carefully thought out decision. The 1840s saw the emergence of a very different trend: thousands of extremely desperate people crammed into passenger boats hoping to find any type of opportunity. The Irish of this decade had seen their homeland severely stricken by crop failures which resulted in widespread disease and starvation. At whatever time the Irish immigrants came to North America, they were instrumental in the rapid development of the emerging nations of the United States and what would become known as Canada. An exhaustive search of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many persons bearing the name Rath, or one of its variants:

Rath Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Kaspar Rath, who arrived in America in 1731
  • Johannes Hindrig von Rath, who came to Philadelphia in 1733
  • Hans Georg Rath, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Bernhard Rath, who landed in America in 1773
  • Gotfried Rath, who landed in America in 1773
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rath Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Emil Rath, who landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • Adam Rath, who arrived in America in 1855
  • August Rath, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • Adolph Rath, Barbara Rath and Anna Rath, who arrived in New York from Bremen in 1871
  • Henry J Rath, who arrived in Minnesota in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rath Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Frank Rath, who arrived in Alabama in 1913

Rath Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Barbara Rath, aged 27, landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Christine Rath, aged 24, landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Friedrich Rath, aged 26, landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Johann Rath, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Katharina Rath, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rath (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rath (post 1700)



  • Frederick Helsher "Fred" Rath Sr. (b. 1943), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Chicago White Sox during the 1968 and 1969 season
  • Morris Charles "Morrie" Rath (1886-1945), American Major League Baseball baseball player who played from 1909 to 1920, member of the Cincinnati Reds 1919 World Series Champions
  • Rachel Rath (b. 1976), Irish actress
  • Meaghan Rath (b. 1986), Canadian film and television actress
  • Lukas Rath (b. 1992), Austrian association football player
  • Henry Coyle Rath (1898-1918), Canadian World War I flying ace credited with twelve aerial victories, recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross
  • Gerhard vom Rath (1830-1888), German mineralogist
  • Ernst Eduard vom Rath (1909-1938), German diplomat who was assassinated in Paris in 1938
  • Marius Rath (b. 1970), Norwegian ice hockey player at the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympics
  • Thomas Rath (b. 1970), retired German football midfielder who played from 1988 to 2001
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    7. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
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    The Rath Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rath 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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