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The ancestral home of the Ruch family is in the German province of Bavaria. Ruch is a German nickname surname. Such names came from eke-names, or added names, that described their initial bearer through reference to a physical characteristic or other attribute. It is a name for a shaggy or unkempt person, stemming from the German word "rauch," meaning "rough, hairy." As with many early names such as this, the reference was often in jest. More likely, the origin is in reference to the smoke generated by smithies and thereby would be a trade name. The name was translated to English when the first settlers immigrated to North America, giving rise to such variations as "Smoak" or "Smoke."

Ruch Early Origins



The surname Ruch was first found in Bavaria, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. Literally, the name refers to the smoke generated by smithies. For instance, a smith in Zurich was known as "Meister Roeuchli," literally "Mister Smoke," around 1468. The various branches of the Rauch and Raeuchlin families declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region.

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Ruch Spelling Variations


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Ruch 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 Ruch include Raucher, Rauche, Raeuchlin, Reuchlin, Raeuchle, Rauck, Raucker, Raucke, Rauk, Rauker, Rauke, Smoak, Smoke, Ruch and many more.

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Ruch Early History


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Ruch Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ruch research. Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1522, 1740, 1743, 1745, 1808, and 1814 are included under the topic Early Ruch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ruch Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ruch Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the name Ruch in this period include Johannes Reuchlin (1455-1522), who was, together with his friend Erasmus, the driving force behind the German Renaissance. He began as a lawyer in the service of the Duke of Wuerttemberg, became a judge of...

Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ruch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Ruch or a variant listed above:

Ruch Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Ruch, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1664

Ruch Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Ruch, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Catherine Ruch, who landed in New York, NY in 1752

Ruch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Frederick Ruch, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836
  • C Ruch, aged 21, arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • Christian Ruch, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • Francisco Ruch, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1858
  • Fritz Ruch, who arrived in Kentucky in 1885
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ruch (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ruch (post 1700)



  • Daniel Ruch (b. 1983), American assistant coach with Virginia Wesleyan
  • Loren Ruch, American producer and writer, known for HGTV Dream Home Giveaway 2007 (2007), HGTV Dream Home 2006 (2006) and Rose Parade 2007 (2007)
  • Chassidy Ruch, American assistant art director, known for her work on Ghost Trek: The Kinsey Report (2011), Back in the Saddle (2010) and The Promise Jar (2010)
  • Hans Ruch (1898-1947), German international footballer who played for the Germany National Team from 1925 to 1929

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    6. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    11. ...

    The Ruch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ruch 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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