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The ancestral home of the Ruhe family is in the German province of Bavaria. Ruhe 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."

Ruhe Early Origins



The surname Ruhe 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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Ruhe Spelling Variations


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

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Ruhe Early History


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Ruhe Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ruhe 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 Ruhe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ruhe Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ruhe Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the name Ruhe 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 Ruhe 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 Ruhe or a variant listed above:

Ruhe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Gerh Ruhe, who arrived in America in 1838
  • Charles Ruhe, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • William Ruhe, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • Henry Ruhe, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1855
  • Heinrich Ruhe, who landed in America in 1871

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ruhe (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ruhe (post 1700)



  • Charles H. Ruhe, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1916
  • Barbara J. Ruhe, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State Senate 1st District, 2008, 2010
  • Augustus L. Ruhe, American politician, Postmaster at Allentown, Pennsylvania, 1841-44
  • Martin Ruhe, German cinematographer
  • Volker Rühe (b. 1942), German politician, former German Defence Minister

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    5. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    6. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    7. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 9 November 2015 at 11:34.

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