The history of the roosen family 

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1500 1532 the family of Cord Roosen (1495-1553) emigrated from the Netherlands to Germany. They were Mennonites and found a new home in Steinrade by Lübeck. Cord worked as a farmer and produced gunpowder. In 1566, his youngest son, Geerlinck Roosen (1532-1611), rented the farm "Hof Holzkamp" which belonged to the "Gute Mori" near Lübeck.
1600 The son of Geerlink Roosen, Paul Roosen (1582-27.2.1649), emigrated to the city of Hamburg. He let an artist creadte the silver plate with the coat of arms. The plate still exists and is showen in the hamburgian museum of arts and trade. There he founded in 1611 the "Gerberei" at "die großen Freiheit". In 1619 he owned land north to the große Roosenstraße. Because of him a street is called "Paul Roosenstraße" in "St. Pauli". His son Coordt III Roosen (29.2.1629 - 10.3.1688) learned Leinwandbereitung in Friedrichstadt and trading with his brother Gerritt. When he was young he made a few journeys with his big brother Herman I Roosen (11.3.1627 - 3.4.1696) to Germany and Italy. Later on he sold some land to his church to build a new church. The son of Coordt III Roosen, Johann V Roosen-Runge was the first Roosen-Runge. Since 1856 he called his family Roosen-Runge because of the trader Johann Runge who took care of him when his father died early.The youngest Brother of Coordt III Roosen, Gerrit Roosen (8.3.1612 - 20.11.1711) was a prayer, wrote several books and helped his chuch in poor times. He was the one who orderd six silver goblets build fom handcrafts for each of his children. The silver goblet shows roses as a symbol for each child Gerrit Roosen had. He is to be seen in the same musseum as the silver plate.
1700 Berend I Roosen (11.7.1705 - 3.6.1788) owned the ground at the Vorsetzen and at he Brauernknechtsgraben, also the Kramersche Shipyard at the Reiherstieg. The Reiherstiegwerft was the first big shipowner the family owned. Berend I Roosen lived in the Turmhaus and build the Roosenbridge.One Sommerhouse, called Sommersitz der Familie is the Roosen wooden house at Elbchaussee 388, which exists today. It was built by Berend III Roosen (7.5.1757 - 5.4.1820) he also owned 1798 the park in Nienstedten, Elbchaussee 147. In 1772, Salomon I Roosen (7.7.1717 -15.12.1795) owned the houses at Neuen Wall 82-84. He also had a small farm at Klein Flottbek at Baron Voght Street 27. Salomon was 1768 Diakon. He is the founder of the NEUEN WALL - branch. Another famous trader was Berend II Roosen (30.6.1744 - 3.4.1829), Mennonite and owner of the trading comp. "Paul Kramers Witw & Berend Roosen und Berend Roosen, Hermans Sohn". He lived in the Kranichhaus, next to the Turmhaus in the Vorsetzen 4. Later he lived at Jungfernstieg and owned the summer house "die Bost" in Dockenhude.  His son Salomon II Roosen owned Elbchaussee 386.


1800 The trading family of Berend Paulus Roosen (1792 bis 1875) owned the Roosenspark in Othmarschen. At that time, the Roosen family owned 99 different Schiffe. His son Berend Otto Roosen (28.9.1832 - 28.1.1912) lived in Othmarschen. He was the founder of the OTHMARSCHNER- branch. Rudolph Roosen (22.10.1830 - 7.1.1909) was senator of the City of Hamburg. That's why we got our coat of arms in the city hall. Eduard Roosen owned Elbchaussee 435.
1900 The Roosen family founded a few companies. The time of sailing ships came to an end.
2000 A part of the family lives in Hamburg. Another part moved to Kassel in Hessen. One family lives near to Aschaffenburg in Bayern. In Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Australia and America there are hundreds more family members.

Roosen coat of arms

The coat of arms. On the main body you can see three roses--the symbol of the family. The helmet is a symbol of strength and power. On the helmet you can see a bird (German=Kranich). He is a symbol of trade, because he is a bird of passage. In the legend he has an iron ball in his hand. This he should drop on the trading house to wake up all Roosen traders to improve trading relations. Around the coat of arms you can see ivy growing. Ivy is an evergreen plant and means that the family's power and strength will never end!