The surname Wallraff could be of patronymic
origin, derived from the name of the father of the original bearer, indicating the "son of Waldrap." The Germanic personal name
Waldrap, is a short form of Walraven, a name used mostly among nobles, knights, and patricians. It stems from the Germanic words "wald" meaning "forest" and "rabe" meaning "raven." Alternatively, the surname Wallraff can be of locative origin, derived from a geographical feature near where the original bearer once dwelled. In this case the surname Wallraff comes from the Germanic "wald" meaning "forest" and the Old Norse "throp" meaning "hamlet or small settlement." Thus the surname may signify "dweller by the forest hamlet."
Early Origins of the Wallraff family
The surname Wallraff was first found in the Lower Rhineland
, where it was a popular name. References to the surname can be found in German documents dating back to the very late 13th and early 14th centuries. Detmar Walraven lived in Lubeck in 1299, and one named Walraf was a city official and resident of Herbertingen in 1345. Gobel Walrave was a resident of the city of Cologne in 1417. Andreas Waldraff resided in Constance in 1580, and in 1582 his name is listed as Andreas Wallraff.
Early History of the Wallraff family
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Wallraff Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Waldrep, Waldrip, Waldrop, Waltrap, Waltrip, Waltrup, Walrab, Waldraff, Wallraff, Waldroff, Wohlrab and many more.
Early Notables of the Wallraff family (pre 1700)
Notables with the name Wallraff during this period were Verschliffen Walrabe, who was the Archbishop of Cologne in 1340, and the Wallrave family of Prussia
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Migration of the Wallraff family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Wallraff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Hermann Jakob and Josef Wilhelm Wallraff, both emigrated from North Rhineland- Westphalia in 1881
Contemporary Notables of the name Wallraff (post 1700)
- Günter Wallraff (b. 1947), German author of documentary literature