Variants: Rosentrater, Rosentrætter, Rosentreder, Rosentreader, Rosentraeger, Rozentreter, Rosentreater, Rosenträger, Rosendräger, Розентретер
The earliest spelling of the name is ‘Rosentreder’ with a literal translation from Middle Low German (Mittelniederdeutsch), the northern dialects in the 11th-15th centuries, as “Tread’s on Roses”.
This would appear to have a royal connection. To Tread on Roses (or flowers) was generally reserved for the nobility of the time. The name may have been granted by royalty for some service or deed which was also not uncommon.
Variations of the name appear to be phonetically-based in general, and when researching, it is very common for different spellings to be used for the same person or family group.
The most common variants today are Rosentreter, Rosentrater and Rosentrætter.
NOTE: I am unsure of the validity and authenticity of the crest shown here. More research is required.
There is a reference to an Ecbert Rosentrede [Gramps ID I2823] in 1262 in Hamburg, Germany, which would have been the time of the Crusade’s, however I can find no more information.
The earliest documented family member that I can find is a Joachim Rosentreder [Gramps ID I1252] (b. before 1540) and living in Kamień Pomorski, Kamień County, Poland with his daughter in 1560. This town is on the Baltic Sea and at that time was part of West Prussia. It is about 60 km’s (37 miles) North of the regional capital of Szczecin (Stettin) and about 25 km’s (15 miles) East of the current-day German border.
Other regions where we find families in the 1500’s and 1600’s include Lower Saxony in Germany (Bremen, Sandstedt & Bramstedt), Heiligenbeil (Temnitztal) in East Prussia (now Mamonovo, Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia), the Chojnice & Konitz regions in Poland (Abrau, Lichnau, etc.) and Ruppin (Neurippin), Brandenburg in Germany.
The biggest populations of Rosentreter’s alive today are in the USA, Germany, Canada, Poland and Australia, with other smaller branches of the family in Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, England, Argentina & Chile.
Thanks for reading.