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The name Roehrig comes from Prussia, a historic region that originally encompassed the coastal lands of the southeast Baltic, but over time expanded to include much of Poland and the majority of Germany. In pre-medieval times, these Prussians used only one name, but later they were forced by a growing population to adopt hereditary surnames so that they would remain distinct from the many others with the same first name. Local names were often chosen. They originally indicated land ownership, and frequently carried the prefix von, meaning "of" or "from", which is often taken as an indication of aristocratic lineage. Roehrig was a name for some one lived in Brandenburg-Prussia.

Roehrig Early Origins



The surname Roehrig was first found in Brandenburg, where the name could be considered to have made a great early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of modern Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the tribal and national conflicts, with each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile. Chronicles first mention Albrecht Rorer, or Albrecht "from the Ror," who was born in Eger in Bohemia around 1330.

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Roehrig Spelling Variations


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Roehrig Spelling Variations



Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Roehrig include Rohre, Roehr, Roehrer, Rohrer, Rorer, Ror, Rore, Roar, Roare, Rhor, Rhore, Rorau (Silesia), Rohr, Roer, Roeher and many more.

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Roehrig Early History


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Roehrig Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roehrig research. Another 374 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1314, 1381, 1400, 1672, 1674, 1757, 1800, and 1839 are included under the topic Early Roehrig History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Roehrig Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Roehrig Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Roehrig Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



The state of Prussia was a great influence on the shape of modern Germany. After the Second World War, Prussia's land was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany and the state was abolished. Some Prussians remained in those countries after the war, while many others migrated to North America in search of a new start. Philadelphia was their primary point of entry to the United States, after which many of them moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. A large number of Prussians also migrated to Ontario and the prairie provinces as United Empire Loyalists. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Roehrigs to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Roehrig Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Daniel Roehrig, aged 32, landed in Missouri in 1840
  • Charles Roehrig, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848

Roehrig Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • William Roehrig, aged 56, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Hanni Roehrig, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States from Hannover, Germany, in 1907
  • Hermann Roehrig, aged 27, who landed in America from Hannover, Germany, in 1907
  • Adele Roehrig, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States from Barmen, Germany, in 1910
  • Paula Roehrig, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Ludwigshafen, Germany, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Roehrig (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Roehrig (post 1700)



  • Frederick Louis Roehrig (1857-1948), American architect, best known for his Hotel Green, Pasadena, Castle Green and the Frederick Hastings Rindge House
  • Udo Röhrig (b. 1943), East German former handball player who competed at the 1972 Summer Olympics
  • Hans Röhrig (1919-1943), German Luftwaffe fighter ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross, credited with 19 victories

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    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    3. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    4. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    9. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    10. 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).
    11. ...

    The Roehrig Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Roehrig 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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