The roots of the distinguished German surname Rodenbeck 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 "Rodenbeck."
Early Origins of the Rodenbeck family
The surname Rodenbeck 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 Rodenbeck 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 Rodenbeck family
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Rodenbeck Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Rodebach, Radabaugh, Rodebaugh, Rodenbaugh, Rodenbach and many more.
Early Notables of the Rodenbeck family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rodenbeck family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johann Peter Rodebach, who emigrated from the Palatinate to Philadelphia in 1752; Jacob Radaback, who settled in Philadelphia in 1754; George Rodebach, who was naturalized in Pennsylvania in 1762.
Contemporary Notables of the name Rodenbeck (post 1700)
- Max Rodenbeck, American journalist and author for The Economist magazine on Middle Eastern affairs
- Adolph Julius Rodenbeck (1862-1960), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Monroe County 2nd District, 1899-1901; Mayor of Rochester, New York, 1902-03 CITATION[CLOSE]
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