The Van Rath surname derives from the Middle High German word "ra-t," or the Swiss "räth" which mean "counsel," or "advice."
Early Origins of the Van Rath family
The surname Van Rath was first found in Austria
, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.
Early History of the Van Rath family
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Van Rath Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Rath, von Rath, van Rath, Rathl, Rathel, Raths and others.
Early Notables of the Van Rath family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Van Rath family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johannes Hindrig von Rath, who came to Philadelphia in 1733; Bernard Rath, who settled in Philadelphia in 1796; Adolph Rath, Barbara Rath and Anna Rath, who arrived in New York from Bremen in 1871.