Rohrig History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The historic German region of Prussia was the original home of the name Rohrig. Rohrig was a local name, a type of hereditary surname that identified people by the places where they lived. Landowners were the first to use local names, which often used the prefix "von," meaning "of" or "from," in some cases a mark of aristocratic birth. Local names are by far the most common type of German hereditary surname. Rohrig was a name for someone who lived in Brandenburg-Prussia.

Early Origins of the Rohrig family

The surname Rohrig 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.

Early History of the Rohrig family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rohrig research. Another 250 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1314, 1381, 1400, 1672, 1674, 1757, 1800, and 1839 are included under the topic Early Rohrig History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rohrig Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Rohrig family (pre 1700)

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United States Rohrig migration to the United States +

Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North America. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Rohrig Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Nicklaus Rohrig, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1742 [1]
  • Lorentz Rohrig, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752 [1]
  • Philip Rohrig, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754 [1]
  • Carl Rohrig, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1767 [1]
Rohrig Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anna Maria Rohrig, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1802 [1]
  • Peter Rohrig, who arrived in Brazil in 1825 [1]
  • Franz Peter Rohrig, who landed in North America in 1843 [1]
  • Gerhard Rohrig, who arrived in Texas in 1846 [1]
  • Johann Rohrig, aged 24, who arrived in America in 1854 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Rohrig (post 1700) +

  • Josef Röhrig (1925-2014), German footballer who played as a midfielder
  • 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
  • Hans Röhrig, German fighter pilot and flying ace in the Luftwaffe, during World War II, credited with 75 aerial victories, awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

  • Hans Röhrig (1913-1941), German Matrose Res. who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [2]

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from on Facebook
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