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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.

Ratz Early Origins



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.

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Ratz Spelling Variations


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Ratz Spelling Variations



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

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Ratz Early History


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Ratz Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Ratz Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ratz Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ratz 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



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
  • Henrich Ratz, who landed in New York, NY in 1782

Ratz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Carl Ratz, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Gustav Ratz, who arrived in New York, NY in 1854
  • Johann Ratz, aged 24, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1893
  • Abraham Ratz, aged 3, who settled in America, in 1893
  • Adolphe Ratz, aged 23, who emigrated 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 emigrated 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 emigrated 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.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ratz (post 1700)


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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

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    4. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    5. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    6. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    11. ...

    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.

    This page was last modified on 22 January 2016 at 11:06.

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