Show ContentsRothenstein History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Rothenstein is denotes at the "red sign" at the "old house on the Upper Rhine." [1] At times, "red" was in reference to a "red shield" or in Yiddish a "red coat."

Early Origins of the Rothenstein family

The surname Rothenstein was first found in Speyer, a city in Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany. Here Hartmut zum Rotenschite or Rotschilt was recorded in 1313. At about the same time, the name Rotscilt was registered in Lübeck, a city in Northern Germany in 1338. [1]

The famed Rothschild banking family were originally from Frankfurt. Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744-1812), a court factor to the German Landgraves of Hesse-Kassel in the Free City of Frankfurt, Holy Roman Empire, established his banking business in the 1760s. His five sons established businesses in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Vienna, and Naples.

Early History of the Rothenstein family

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Rothenstein Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rothstein, Rothenstein, Rothmaler, Rothenmaler, Roddenstein, Rodenmaler, Rodstein, Rotstein, Rochstein, Roytenstein, Roitenstein, Roitstein, Rojtenstein, Reitenstein, Ruttenstein, Ruthstein, Routenstein and many more.

Early Notables of the Rothenstein family (pre 1700)

Notables with the name Rothenstein during this period were Amschel Moses Rothschild (c. 1710-1755) was a German Jewish money changer and trader in silk cloth in the Judengasse, the Jewish ghetto of the Free...
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Migration of the Rothenstein family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: G. Rothstein, who arrived at the port of Baltimore in 1834; William Rothstein, who arrived in New York from Bremen in 1853; Axel Victor Rothstein, who arrived in California in 1851.

Contemporary Notables of the name Rothenstein (post 1700) +

  • John Knewstub Maurice Rothenstein (b. 1901), English art historian
  • Sir William Rothenstein (1872-1945), English painter

  1. Bahlow, Hans, Dictionary of German Names. translated by Edda Gentry, Wisconsin: The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7) on Facebook