Rosecrans History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Schleswig-Holstein, which is the northernmost state in western Germany, is the homeland of the proud surname Rosecrans. By and large, hereditary surnames were formed in Germany when areas of Schleswig, and most of the German states, were a part of the Holy Roman Empire. At this time, as the population of Europe swelled and travel became easier, people began to encounter others sharing their own name and they avoided confusion by adopting a second name. Common forms of surnames found in Schleswig are those that are derived from nicknames.

Early Origins of the Rosecrans family

The surname Rosecrans was first found in Schleswig-Holstein, where this family became prominent contributors to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as they emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. Translated literally, the name means "crown of roses." In the year 1325, Holger Rosenkranz traveled to Rome from Denmark to receive a crown of roses from the pope, which he then incorporated into his coat-of-arms. He was the son of Knight Erich von Rosenkranz, and owned the estates of Bollar in Jutland. He married Margaretha von Flemming, from the nobility of Norway, thus extending the family estates into that country.

Early History of the Rosecrans family

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Rosecrans Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rosenkrantz, Rosenkranz, Rosenkrans, Rosenkrant, Rossenkrantz, Rossenkranz, Rossenkrant, Rossenkrants, Rozenkrantz, Rozenkranz, Rosenkrants, Rozenkrant, Rozenkrants, Rosencrantz, Rosencrants, Rosencranz, Rosencrant, Rosecrans, Rosencrans, Rosecrantz, Rosekranz, Rosekrantz and many more.

Early Notables of the Rosecrans family (pre 1700)

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United States Rosecrans migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rosecrans Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • H Rosecrans, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Rosecrans (post 1700) +

  • William Starke Rosecrans (1819-1898), American Brigadier General born in Kingston, Ontario. He commanded the army of the Mississippi during American Civil War, and afterwards became the U.S. minister to Mexico
  • Rosecrans W. Pillsbury, American politician, Candidate in Republican primary for Governor of New Hampshire, 1914; Democratic Candidate for U.S. Representative from New Hampshire 1st District, 1920 [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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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