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The surname Rebstock is a German occupational surname that evolved in the region known as the Rhineland. Germans at first used only one name, but population growth and increased travel in medieval times caused confusion between people of the same name, forcing the people to adopt hereditary surnames. These names often identified people by the kind of work they did. Rebstock is a name for a person who worked as a wine maker and a grower of grapes. The surname Rebstock is an occupational name that was originally derived from the common trades of the medieval era which transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries.

Rebstock Early Origins



The surname Rebstock was first found in the Upper Rineland, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Literally, the name refers to the owner of a vineyard, and "Rebstock" was probably the earliest form before it was shortened to "Rebmann" and then "Reber." Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.

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Rebstock Spelling Variations


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Rebstock Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Rebstock include Rebstock, Rebenstock, Rebestock, Rebstocke, Reber, Rebmann and many more.

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Rebstock Early History


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Rebstock Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rebstock research. Another 281 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1292, 1310, 1367, 1566, 1605, 1711, and 1717 are included under the topic Early Rebstock History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rebstock Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rebstock Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rebstock 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



The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from the Rhineland who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. Many of those who left the Rhineland to seek their fortunes in the prosperous and free New World settled in the major urban centers of the United States and Canada. In the United States, the settlers from the Rhineland passed through immigration centers like that of Ellis Island, most of them moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, the majority of Rhinelanders settled in Ontario and the prairie provinces. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many important settlers to North America bearing the name Rebstock, or one of its variants above:

Rebstock Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Margaret C Rebstock, who arrived in New York, NY in 1749

Rebstock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Martin Rebstock, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Fidel Rebstock, aged 29, landed in New York in 1854

Rebstock Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Anna Maria Rebstock, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1752

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rebstock (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rebstock (post 1700)



  • Mildred Catherine Rebstock (1919-2011), American chemist, member of a research team that produced a synthetic form of the antibiotic chloromycetin, used to treat typhoid fever
  • Erik Rebstock (b. 1987), German gold, silver and bronze medalist sprint canoer
  • Dame Paula Rae Rebstock DNZM (b. 1960), New Zealand business woman, Chair of the New Zealand Commerce Commission (2003-2009)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    3. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    6. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    7. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    8. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    9. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    10. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
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    The Rebstock Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rebstock 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 29 June 2016 at 07:50.

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