Roser History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient and distinguished surname Roser is derived from the Middle High German word "rose," meaning "a rose." The name may have been first borne by someone who lived near a rose garden, or by someone who lived in a house bearing the sign of the rose. Alternatively, the name may be of nickname origin, referring to someone with a "rosy" complexion. The surname is common in many European countries, including England, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands, as well as Germany, and can be found under a large number of spelling variations.

Early Origins of the Roser family

The surname Roser was first found in Silesia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. The origins of the name make it likely that several branches of the family emerged independently during the Middle Ages; there are records dating from the 13th documenting the presence of the name Roser in Schleswig-Holstein, Pomerania, Alsace, Swabia, and Bohemia, as well as Silesia.

Early History of the Roser family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roser research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1581, 1639, 1579, 1631, 1685, 1736, 1771, 1762, 1807, 1795, 1864, 1798 and 1873 are included under the topic Early Roser History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Roser Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rose, Rosse, Rhose, Roese, Roser, Roeser, Roze, Roos, Roose, Roosa, Roosen and many more.

Early Notables of the Roser family (pre 1700)

Notables of the period with the surname Roser were Johann Heinrich Roos (1631-1685), a German Baroque era landscape painter and etcher; Valentine Rose the elder (1736-1771) was the discoverer of "Rose's fusible metal." His son, Valentine Rose the younger (b.1762-1807), also made...
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Roser Ranking

In the United States, the name Roser is the 13,935th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Roser migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Roser Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Benjamin Roser, who arrived in Maryland in 1677 [2]
Roser Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mattheus Roser, who immigrated to Philadelphia in 1736
  • Mattheus Roser, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1736 [2]
  • Adam Roser, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753 [2]
Roser Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Heinrich Roser, who landed in Texas in 1844 [2]
  • Samuel Roser, who arrived in Mississippi in 1846 [2]
  • Simon Roser, who landed in Mississippi in 1848 [2]
  • Leopold Roser, who arrived in Mississippi in 1856 [2]
  • Lewis Roser, who landed in Mississippi in 1856 [2]
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Australia Roser migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Roser Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Roser, (b. 1812), aged 26, English labourer from Bodiam, Sussex, England travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Maitland" arriving in Wollombi, New South Wales, Australia on 6th November 1838, he died in 1898 [3]
  • Mrs. Mary Hannah Roser, (nee Baker), (b. 1809), aged 30, English house servant from Bodiam, Sussex, England travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Maitland" arriving in Wollombi, New South Wales, Australia on 6th November 1838, she died in 1882 [4]
  • Mr. James Roser, (b. 1829), aged 9, English settler from Bodiam, Sussex, England travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Maitland" arriving in Wollombi, New South Wales, Australia on 6th November 1838 [5]
  • Mr. George Roser, (Rolf, Ralf), (b. 1835), aged 3, English settler from Bodiam, Sussex, England travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Maitland" arriving in Wollombi, New South Wales, Australia on 6th November 1838, he died at sea [6]
  • Miss Rachel Roser, (b. 1837), aged 1, English settler from Bodiam, Sussex, England travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Maitland" arriving in Wollombi, New South Wales, Australia on 6th November 1838 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Roser migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Roser Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Roser, aged 25, a servant, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siberia" in 1870
  • Miss Elizabeth Roser, (b. 1844), aged 25, English general servant, from Kent travelling from London aboard the ship "Siberia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st February 1870 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Roser (post 1700) +

  • Henry H. Roser, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles, California, 1917 [9]
  • Conrad H. Roser, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Glastonbury; Elected 1934 [9]
  • Chester C. Roser, American Republican politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Beaver County 1st District, 1964 [9]
  • Roser Bru Llop (1923-2021), Spanish-born Chilean painter and engraver associated with the neo-figurative art movement

Bismarck
  • Anton Roser (1918-1941), German Maschinenobergefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [10]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Ship Voyages to New South Wales (Retrieved 11th July 2021). Retrieved from https://indexes.records.nsw.gov.au/ebook/list.aspx?Page=NRS5313/4_4780/Maitland_5 Nov 1838/4_478000079.jpg&No=191
  4. ^ Ship Voyages to New South Wales (Retrieved 11th July 2021). Retrieved from https://indexes.records.nsw.gov.au/ebook/list.aspx?Page=NRS5313/4_4780/Maitland_5 Nov 1838/4_478000079.jpg&No=192
  5. ^ Ship Voyages to New South Wales (Retrieved 11th July 2021). Retrieved from https://indexes.records.nsw.gov.au/ebook/list.aspx?Page=NRS5313/4_4780/Maitland_5 Nov 1838/4_478000079.jpg&No=193
  6. ^ Ship Voyages to New South Wales (Retrieved 11th July 2021). Retrieved from https://indexes.records.nsw.gov.au/ebook/list.aspx?Page=NRS5313/4_4780/Maitland_5 Nov 1838/4_478000079.jpg&No=194
  7. ^ Ship Voyages to New South Wales (Retrieved 11th July 2021). Retrieved from https://indexes.records.nsw.gov.au/ebook/list.aspx?Page=NRS5313/4_4780/Maitland_5 Nov 1838/4_478000079.jpg&No=195
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details


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