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The name Rohrer 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. Rohrer was a name for some one lived in Brandenburg-Prussia.

Rohrer Early Origins



The surname Rohrer 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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Rohrer Spelling Variations


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

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Rohrer Early History


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Rohrer Early History



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

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Rohrer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rohrer Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rohrer 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 Rohrers to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Rohrer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Rohrer, who arrived in America in 1731
  • Johann Gottfried Rohrer, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Johannes Rohrer, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Friederich Rohrer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1747
  • Joggi Rohrer, who arrived in America in 1749
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rohrer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Martin Rohrer, aged 30, arrived in Missouri in 1848
  • Katharina Rohrer, who landed in America in 1855

Rohrer Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Benjamin Rohrer, aged 2, landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Christine Rohrer, aged 50, landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Jacob Rohrer, aged 11, landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Johann Rohrer, aged 51, landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Magdalena Rohrer, aged 15, landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rohrer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rohrer (post 1700)



  • Jason Rohrer (b. 1977), American computer programmer, writer, musician, and game designer
  • Matthew Rohrer (b. 1970), American poet
  • Ben Rohrer (b. 1981), Australian cricketer
  • Heinrich Rohrer (1933-2013), Swiss physicist who won the Nobel Prize for his pioneering work in the development of the electronic microscope in 1986

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Suggested Readings for the name Rohrer


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Suggested Readings for the name Rohrer



  • The Rohrer Families by Wickliffe B. Neal.

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Rohrer Family Crest Products


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Rohrer Family Crest Products




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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. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    3. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    6. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    7. 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).
    8. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    9. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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    The Rohrer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rohrer 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 8 April 2016 at 10:24.

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