Ratz History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Ratz 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 Ratz family

The surname Ratz 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 Ratz family

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

Ratz Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Ratz family (pre 1700)

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United States Ratz migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ratz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christr Ratz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 [1]
  • Henrich Ratz, who landed in New York, NY in 1782 [1]
Ratz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Carl Ratz, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • Gustav Ratz, who arrived in New York, NY in 1854 [1]
  • Johann Ratz, aged 24, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1893 [1]
  • Abraham Ratz, aged 3, who settled in America, in 1893
  • Adolphe Ratz, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Ratz Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Aworun Deil Ratz, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States, in 1902
  • Carl Ratz, aged 69, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Albert Ratz, aged 10, who settled in America, in 1904
  • Edward Ratz, aged 4, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • E. Alec Ratz, aged 30, who settled in America, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Ratz (post 1700) +

  • Wolfgang Ratz (b. 1959), Austrian writer and singer-songwriter
  • Martin Ratz (b. 1887), former Australian rules footballer
  • Valentine Ratz (1848-1924), Canadian lumber merchant and politician


  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)


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