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The surname Rettke is derived from the Middle Low German "redik" for radish. The name was therefore occupational, applied to greengrocers, such as the Reddich recorded in Greifswald in 1303, and the one in Stralsund in 1325.

Rettke Early Origins



The surname Rettke was first found in Austria, where the name became noted for its many branches within the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied and enrolled by the princes of the region. One of the first written records of the name dates from the year 1245 when one Nicolus dictus (son of) Rettich was listed on the live Register of Freiburg. In their later history they became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they developed into this most influential family.

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Rettke Spelling Variations


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Rettke Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Rettich, Rettig, Retteg, Rettick, Retich, Retig, Retick, Reddig (northern Germany), Reddich (northern Germany), Rethke, Rettke (Slavic) and many more.

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Rettke Early History


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Rettke Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rettke research. Another 236 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1784 and 1815 are included under the topic Early Rettke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rettke Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rettke Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rettke 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:

Rettke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Gertrude Rettke, aged 11, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894

Rettke Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Hubert Rettke, aged 8, who settled in America from Prebendow, Germany, in 1922
  • Therese Rettke, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Prebendow, Germany, in 1922
  • Elfriede Rettke, aged 19, who landed in America from Prebendow, Germany, in 1922

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rettke (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rettke (post 1700)



  • Justin Rettke, American script coordinator, known for his work on Hawaii Five-0 (2010), Meter Maids (2011) and That Which Is Within (2009)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. 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. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    8. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Rettke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rettke 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 17 November 2015 at 08:26.

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