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. This surname of RAUSCH is a German and Ashkenazic nickname for a shaggy or unkempt person, originally derived from the German word RAUCH (rough, hairy). Nicknames usually originated as a by-name for someone by describing their appearance, personal disposition or character but which became handed down through the ages and did not apply to their descendants. The name is also spelt RAUCH RAUH, RAU, RUHE, RUGE and ROUGH. Because of the close relationship between the English and German languages, some Germans are able to transform their names to the English form just by dropping a single letter. Many Germans have re-spelt their names in America. A great number of immigrants from Germany settled in Pennsylvania. After the start of the first World War, Germans in great numbers Anglicized their names in an effort to remove all doubt as to their patriotism. Afterwards some changed back, and then during World War II the problem became acute once more, and the changing started all over again, although not with as much intensity. German or Teutonic heraldry extended its sphere of influence over central Europe and spread into Scandinavia. It is most notable for its design and treatment of crests, most of which reflect the arms in the charge or tinctures (colours) or both, which is unknown in British heraldry. Teutonic Europe assembled many arms on a single shield, each bearing its corresponding crest on a helmet. A notable member of the name was Christian Daniel RAUCH (1777-1857) the German sculptor, born in Arolsen. He practised sculpture while still valet to Frederick-William III of Prussia, and in 1804 went to Rome. From 1811 to 1815 he carved the recumbent effigy for the tomb of Queen Louisa at Charlottenburg. His works include statues of Blucher, Durer, Goethe, Schiller and his masterpiece was that of Frederick the Great (1851) in Berlin.
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