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The Rohrbach family name first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria. After the 12th century, as hereditary surnames began to be adopted, names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Rohrbach is a local surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Rohrbach was given to someone who lived in Bavaria The name may stem from the German word rohr, which means reed. Thus, it is a topographical name indicating a person who lived in or near an area thickly overgrown with reeds.

Rohrbach Early Origins



The surname Rohrbach was first found in Bavaria, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation and would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. Bearers of the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs.

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Rohrbach Spelling Variations


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Rohrbach 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 Rohrbach include Rohrbach, Rohrenbacher, Rohrenbach, Rohrbacher, Rorback, Rorbach, Rorbacker, Rorenback, Rorenbacker, Rohrbech, Rohrbecher, Rohrenbech, Rohrenbecher, Rohrbeck, Rohrbecker, Rohrenbeck and many more.

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Rohrbach Early History


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Rohrbach Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rohrbach research. Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the year 1623 is included under the topic Early Rohrbach History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rohrbach Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rohrbach Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rohrbach 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



The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Rohrbach Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johann Heinrich Rohrbach, who came to Carolina and/or Pennsylvania in 1709
  • Elisabetha Rohrbach, who arrived in New York in 1709-1710
  • Johannes Rohrbach, who arrived in New York in 1709-1710
  • Reinhard Joh Rohrbach, who arrived in America in 1749
  • Johan Rinehart Rohrbach, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rohrbach Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Georg Wilhelm Rohrbach, aged 25, landed in New York, NY in 1849
  • Andrews Rohrbach, aged 23, landed in New York, NY in 1849
  • Christian Adolf Rohrbach, aged 30, arrived in New York, NY in 1849
  • G. Rohrbach settled in Texas in 1853
  • Adam Rohrbach, aged 17, arrived in America in 1853
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rohrbach (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rohrbach (post 1700)



  • Eric J. Rohrbach, American politician from Washington
  • Bob Rohrbach, retired American professional soccer forward
  • Peter Thomas Rohrbach, American author and editor
  • Larry Rohrbach (b. 1946), American Misouri State Senator
  • Paul Rohrbach (1846-1871), German botanist
  • Thomas Rohrbach (b. 1949), retired German footballer
  • Paul Rohrbach (1869-1956), German writer

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Suggested Readings for the name Rohrbach


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Suggested Readings for the name Rohrbach



  • Family History of the Rohrbachs of Moniteau County, Missouri by Glen E. Mutti.
  • Rohrbach Genealogy by Lewis Bunker Rorhrbaugh.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    4. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    5. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    11. ...

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