When Anthonius Tönges Rockefeller was born in 1655, in Rockenfeld, Neuwied, Rhineland, Prussia, German Empire, his father, Andreas Rockenfeller, was 32 and his mother, Elisabeth Kleinmann, was 29. He married Anna Gertrud in June 1685, in Rengsdorf, Neuwied, Rhineland, Prussia, German Empire. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 7 daughters. He died on 15 July 1707, in Westerwald, Auetal, Schaumburg, Lower Saxony, Germany, at the age of 52.
Americanized form of German Rockenfeller: habitational name for someone from the village of Rockenfeld near Neuwied, Rhineland, named in Middle High German with rocke ‘rye’ (Old High German rocko) + feld ‘open country’. Compare Rockafellow .
History: The Rockefellers trace their origin to Johann Peter Rockenfeller, who emigrated to North America in 1723. His descendant, the millionaire industrialist John D. Rockefeller (1839–1937), founder of Standard Oil, was born in Richford, NY; his father was a commodities dealer and farm owner.
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