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The ancestral home of the Rauch family is in the German province of Bavaria. Rauch is a German nickname surname. Such names came from eke-names, or added names, that described their initial bearer through reference to a physical characteristic or other attribute. It is a name for a shaggy or unkempt person, stemming from the German word "rauch," meaning "rough, hairy." As with many early names such as this, the reference was often in jest. More likely, the origin is in reference to the smoke generated by smithies and thereby would be a trade name. The name was translated to English when the first settlers immigrated to North America, giving rise to such variations as "Smoak" or "Smoke."

Rauch Early Origins



The surname Rauch was first found in Bavaria, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. Literally, the name refers to the smoke generated by smithies. For instance, a smith in Zurich was known as "Meister Roeuchli," literally "Mister Smoke," around 1468. The various branches of the Rauch and Raeuchlin families declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region.

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Rauch Spelling Variations


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Rauch Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Rauch include Raucher, Rauche, Raeuchlin, Reuchlin, Raeuchle, Rauck, Raucker, Raucke, Rauk, Rauker, Rauke, Smoak, Smoke, Ruch and many more.

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Rauch Early History


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Rauch Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rauch research. Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1522, 1740, 1743, 1745, 1808, and 1814 are included under the topic Early Rauch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rauch Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rauch Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the name Rauch in this period include Johannes Reuchlin (1455-1522), who was, together with his friend Erasmus, the driving force behind the German Renaissance. He began as a lawyer in the service of the Duke of Wuerttemberg, became a judge of...

Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rauch 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



Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Rauch or a variant listed above:

Rauch Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johannes J. Rauch, who sailed to America in 1709
  • Friederich Rauch, who arrived in New York, NY in 1709
  • Rudolph Rauch, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Bernhard Rauch, who sailed to Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Bernhard Rauch, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rauch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Bartholomaus Rauch, who landed in North America in 1838
  • George Rauch, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1844
  • Ignatz Rauch, who arrived in America in 1844-1845
  • Nicholas Rauch, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1846
  • Fredrika Rauch, aged 3, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rauch Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Rauch, who arrived in Canada in 1783

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rauch (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rauch (post 1700)



  • William F. Rauch, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Nazareth, Pennsylvania, 1861-65
  • J. Ralph Rauch, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Iowa State Senate 13th District, 1970
  • Glenn Rauch, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Missouri State House of Representatives from Christian County, 1964
  • George Washington Rauch (1876-1940), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Indiana 11th District, 1907-17
  • Foster Rauch, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Covington, Kentucky, 1967
  • Charles Rauch, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 2nd District, 1857-58
  • Carrie Rauch, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arizona, 2008
  • Jonathan Rauch (b. 1960), American journalist
  • Lawrence Lee Rauch (b. 1919), American aerospace engineer and was the chairman of the Western Hemisphere Program Committee (1963)
  • Neo Rauch (b. 1960), German painter
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Rauch


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Suggested Readings for the name Rauch



  • Olpihant-Rauch-Doty Genealogy by Eva Emery Doty.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. 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).
    2. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    3. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    4. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    5. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    6. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    7. 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).
    8. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    9. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    10. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
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    The Rauch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rauch 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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