The German state of Bavaria
is the ancestral home of the Rathur family. Nickname
surnames, such as Rathur, were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The family name Rathur is a name for a person associated with the color red. The name comes from the Old German word "rot," meaning "red," and could have indicated that its bearer had red hair or a red beard, lived in a red house, or often dressed in red clothes.
Early Origins of the Rathur family
The surname Rathur was first found in Bavaria
, where the name could be considered to have made a great contribution to the feudal
society which became the backbone of modern Europe. The name became prominent in local
affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the tribal and national conflicts, with each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile. Chronicles first mention the brothers Jeckel and Tilke Rote of Breslau in 1350, and Merklin der Rotter of Esslingen in 1307. Literally the name meant "red-haired" or "red-bearded," thus the oldest variation was possibly "Rothbart."
Early History of the Rathur family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rathur research.Another 547 words (39 lines of text) covering the years 1245, 1288, 1300, 1704, 1552, 1360, 1434, 1620, 1668, 1653 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Rathur History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rathur Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia
. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations
of Rathur include Rothe, Rote, Rot, Roth (southern Germany), Roter, Rother (Silesia), Rothe, Rothbart and many more.
Early Notables of the Rathur family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Rathur in this period include Johannes Rothe (1360-1434), a Thuringian priest who wrote instructional works on chivalry and heraldry and a history... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rathur Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rathur family to the New World and Oceana
Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant
farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Rathur or a variant listed above: Johann Roth, who sailed to Carolina and/or Pennsylvania in 1709. Among the several hundred
family members who followed this first settler were: David Roth, who sailed to Pennsylvania in 1720.