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Those lands along the southeast coast of the Baltic sea were the birthplace of the great Prussian name Rohr. A single name was, at one time, all that people needed. However, increasing ease of travel and the burgeoning populations forced people to adopt a hereditary surname to set themselves apart from others. A common form of surname found in Prussia was the local name, a name taken on from an existing place-name. The surname Rohr was first used by someone who lived in Brandenburg-Prussia.

Rohr Early Origins



The surname Rohr 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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Rohr Spelling Variations


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Rohr 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 Rohr include Rohre, Roehr, Roehrer, Rohrer, Rorer, Ror, Rore, Roar, Roare, Rhor, Rhore, Rorau (Silesia), Rohr, Roer, Roeher and many more.

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Rohr Early History


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Rohr Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rohr 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 Rohr History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rohr Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rohr Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rohr 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



Prussia played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany until after the Second World War. Prussia was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North Ameri ca. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Rohr were

Rohr Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Conrad Rohr, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1728
  • Baltzar Rohr, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Jacob Rohr moved to Philadelphia in 1731
  • Jacob Rohr, aged 28, landed in Pennsylvania in 1731
  • Christian Rohr, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rohr Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Rohr, who arrived in New York in 1835
  • Frank Rohr, aged 27, arrived in Missouri in 1846
  • Ehrsula Rohr, aged 33, landed in New York in 1849
  • Catherine Rohr, aged 21, arrived in New York in 1849
  • Anna Rohr, aged 19, arrived in New York in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rohr Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Leopold Rohr, who landed in Mississippi in 1902

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rohr (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rohr (post 1700)



  • Franz Hermann Otto Röhr (1891-1972), German track and field athlete at the 1912 Summer Olympics
  • Julius Philipp Benjamin von Rohr (1737-1793), Prussian-born botanist and plant collector, naturalist, medical doctor and watercolourist

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Rohr Historic Events


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Rohr Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Arnold Rohr, British Confectioner from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914

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Rohr Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    2. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    3. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    4. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    5. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    6. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    7. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    8. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    9. 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).
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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    The Rohr Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rohr 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 24 April 2016 at 11:30.

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