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Where did the German Ratz family come from? What is the German Ratz family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ratz family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ratz family history?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.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Rasch, Raasch, Rasche, Raschers, Raschig and many more.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ratz research. Another 232 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1645 is included under the topic Early Ratz History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ratz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Ratz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Ratz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Ratz Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
The Ratz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ratz 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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