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The ancient roots of the Rohrbeck family are found in the German state of Bavaria. The Rohrbeck surname, was a local name, for 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.

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The surname Rohrbeck 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.

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Rohrbeck include Rohrbach, Rohrenbacher, Rohrenbach, Rohrbacher, Rorback, Rorbach, Rorbacker, Rorenback, Rorenbacker, Rohrbech, Rohrbecher, Rohrenbech, Rohrenbecher, Rohrbeck, Rohrbecker, Rohrenbeck and many more.


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

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Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rohrbeck Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Rohrbeck surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Johann Heinrich Rohrbach, who came to Carolina and/or Pennsylvania in 1709. Jacob Rorbach came to Philadelphia in 1739; Jacob Rorback to Maryland in 1765.

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