Rodenbach History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the distinguished German surname Rodenbach lie in the northern province of Schleswig-Holstein. The name is derived from "Rodenbach," the name of several places in Germany, which is itself derived from the Old High German "roden," meaning "to clear," and "bach," meaning "stream." It is likely that the progenitor of the surname was a native of the town of Rodenbach who had moved to another city and was therefore referred to as "Rodenbach."

Early Origins of the Rodenbach family

The surname Rodenbach was first found in Schleswig-Holstein, where the name was most common, particularly in the city of Hamburg. The earliest known bearer of the name was Herman Rodenbeke, who was a resident of the city of Greifswald in 1330. The young Rodenbach family was instrumental during this early period, playing a major role in the development of the medieval society of Schleswig-Holstein.

Early History of the Rodenbach family

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Rodenbach Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rodebach, Radabaugh, Rodebaugh, Rodenbaugh, Rodenbach and many more.

Early Notables of the Rodenbach family (pre 1700)

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United States Rodenbach migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rodenbach Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anna Rodenbach, who landed in Texas in 1840-1850 [1]
  • Joseph Heinrich Rodenbach, who landed in Texas in 1840-1850 [1]
  • Christian Rodenbach, who arrived in America in 1852 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Rodenbach (post 1700) +

  • W. T. Rodenbach, American politician, Warden (Borough President) of Naugatuck, Connecticut, 1904-06, 1907-08 [2]
  • Georges Rodenbach, well-known writer


  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 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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