Rau History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Rau family

The surname Rau was first found in Saxony, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

Early History of the Rau family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rau research. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1790, 1613, 1677, 1792, 1870, 1813 and 1876 are included under the topic Early Rau History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rau Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rau, Raue, Rauer, Row and others.

Early Notables of the Rau family (pre 1700)

Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rau Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Rau migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rau Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Niclaus Rau, who settled in New York in 1709
  • Niclaus Rau, who landed in New York in 1709-1710 [1]
  • Jacob Rau, who settled in Philadelphia in 1744
  • Jacob Rau, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1744 [1]
  • Hans Geo Rau, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Rau Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Rau, who settled in New Orleans in 1820
  • Carl Rau, aged 27, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • Christian Rau, aged 24, who arrived in New York in 1854 [1]
  • Dorothe Rau, aged 23, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • Maria Rau, aged 20, who landed in New York, NY in 1855 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Rau migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rau Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Edmund Rau, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Gottlieb Rau, aged 37, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Karolina Rau, aged 37, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Olga Rau, aged 2, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902

Contemporary Notables of the name Rau (post 1700) +

  • Thomas P. Rau, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1952 [2]
  • Norman F. Rau, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1960 (alternate), 1964 [2]
  • Jacob Rau Jr., American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Essex County, 1897-98 [2]
  • Douglas James Rau (b. 1948), American Major League Baseball player
  • Tobias Rau (b. 1981), German footballer
  • Andrea Rau (b. 1947), German actress
  • Heinz "Heinrich" Rau (1896-1965), Israeli (German born) architect
  • Johannes Rau (b. 1931), German member of the Social Democratic Party and former minister-president of North-Rhine Westphalia


Suggested Readings for the name Rau +

  • 3903 The Rau Family Chronicle.

  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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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