The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. (RORBACH). This German surname of RORABAUGH was a locational name 'one who came from Rohr' the place of the reeds, the name of several places in Germany. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. The name is also spelt ROHRBACH, ROHRE, ROHR, ROHRBERG and ROHBAUGHE. Surnames derived from placenames are divided into two broad categories; topographic names and habitation names. Topographic names are derived from general descriptive references to someone who lived near a physical feature such as an oak tree, a hill, a stream or a church. Habitation names are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages and farmsteads. Other classes of local names include those derived from the names of rivers, individual houses with signs on them, regions and whole countries. A notable member of the name was Gerwin Karl ROHRBACH, born 2nd October, 1926. He was a Planning and Development Consultant, and his appointments included Planner for the Chicago Land Clearance Commission, (1954-55). He was the President of the General Planning and Resource Consultants, Inc. in St. Louis. He was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship, Germany in 1953. The first hereditary surnames on German soil are found in the second half of the 12th century, slightly later than in England and France. However, it was not until the 16th century that they became stabilized. The practice of adopting hereditary surnames began in the southern areas of Germany, and gradually spread northwards during the Middle Ages. The eagle depicted in the crest is emblematical of fortitude and magnanimity of mind. The Romans used the figure of an eagle for their ensign, and their example has been often followed. It is the device of Russia, Austria, Germany and the United States of America.
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