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Origins Available: German, Jewish
The ancient German region of the Rhineland was the original home of the name Rosenthal. Rosenthal 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, often attaching the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from", in some cases as a mark of aristocratic birth. Local names are by far the most common style of German hereditary surname. Rosenthal was a name for someone who lived in a township called Resenthal which is a place-name that denoted someone who came from an area where there was a valley of roses. Rosenthal is therefore a local name, indicating that the original bearer once lived, or held land in that area.
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 Rosenthal include Rosenthal, Rosental, Rosenthall, Rosentahl, Rosenthaler, Rosentaler, Rosethal, Rosetal, Rosethaler, Rosetaler, Rozenthal, Rozental, Rossenthal, Rossental, Rossenthaler, Rossentaler and many more.
First found in the Rhineland, 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. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rosenthal research. Another 290 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1597, 1622, 1625, and 1771 are included under the topic Early Rosenthal History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rosenthal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including many Rhinelanders, made the voyage to North America between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was an escape from religious persecution and poverty and also an opportunity for people to start over and own their own land. Most landed at Ellis Island, off New York before moving on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and California. Some also landed in Canada and settled in Ontario, while others headed west to the prairie provinces. A study of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of people bearing the name of Rosenthal, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early:
Rosenthal Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Rosenthal Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Rosenthal Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Rosenthal Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Rosenthal Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The Rosenthal Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rosenthal 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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