Origins Available: German
The German state of Bavaria
is the ancestral home of the Rothchild family. Nickname
surnames, such as Rothchild, were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The family name Rothchild is a name for a person associated with the color red. The name comes from the Old German word "rot," meaning "red," and could have indicated that its bearer had red hair or a red beard, lived in a red house, or often dressed in red clothes.
Early Origins of the Rothchild family
The surname Rothchild was first found in Bavaria
, where the name could be considered to have made a great 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 the brothers Jeckel and Tilke Rote of Breslau in 1350, and Merklin der Rotter of Esslingen in 1307. Literally the name meant "red-haired" or "red-bearded," thus the oldest variation was possibly "Rothbart."
Early History of the Rothchild family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rothchild research.Another 547 words (39 lines of text) covering the years 1245, 1288, 1300, 1704, 1552, 1360, 1434, 1620, 1668, 1653 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Rothchild History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rothchild Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Rothchild include Rothe, Rote, Rot, Roth (southern Germany), Roter, Rother (Silesia), Rothe, Rothbart and many more.
Early Notables of the Rothchild family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Rothchild in this period include Johannes Rothe (1360-1434), a Thuringian priest who wrote instructional works on chivalry and heraldry and a history... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rothchild Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rothchild family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Rothchild or a variant listed above: Johann Roth, who sailed to Carolina and/or Pennsylvania in 1709. Among the several hundred
family members who followed this first settler were: David Roth, who sailed to Pennsylvania in 1720.