The name Ratzke 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 Ratzke family
The surname Ratzke 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 Ratzke family
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Ratzke Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Rasch, Raasch, Rasche, Raschers, Raschig and many more.
Early Notables of the Ratzke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ratzke family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jacob Rascher, who came to Philadelphia in 1731. He was followed by Peter Rascher in 1748 and Michael Rascher in 1754. Andreas Rascher arrived in Georgia in 1734. Albert Rasch came to Texas in 1851.