The Rattenne Family
Rattenne's are not a big clan. The California Rattennes (along with the
Kansas and Colorado Rattennes) originate from Sioux City, IA. Born to Michael
II and Hazel Lamphire, they originally were a family of three boys and
two girls. All three brothers married, along with sister Gerry; sister
Jean died at age 16 from a brain tumor.
Eventually two of the brothers
and a sister found their way to California, though youngest brother Jim
eventually settled in Colorado and middle son Mike in Kansas. In fact,
as of 2012 Mike still owns the Round Tuit Ranch and actively works
on the Rattenne Name
The Rattenne family name is
very unique! My preliminary research of our family name yields only one
other family branch in the entire United States - and it appears that they
are not directly related to our clan. That clan is based on the East Coast
- New Jersey to be specific.
After contacting one of
the East Coast Rattenne's via email I discovered that they were not originally
"Rattenne", but rather Rattenni." Sean Rattenne explained to me that when
his grandfather emigrated to the U.S. in the early part of the 20th Century
he discovered that his American relatives had strong ties with organized
crime. Wanting none of it, the grandfather changed the last letter from
an "i" to an "e."
While I viewed this information
as a dead end for my research, I recently re-interviewed my mother about
the Rattenne name. She told me that my Dad (Donald) had said that in Europe,
our furthest back relative, Mickey Rattenne, had actually been Mickey Rattenni!
Apparently, by the time he received his immigration papers he was a Rattenne.
So that dead end may not
be one after all.
How do you pronounce
our name? Well, it's of French extraction:
If you are French
you would no doubt pronounce our name as "Ra-ten".
Ken, like his father
Don, pronounces it "Ratt'-een"
Other family members
pronounce it "Ra'-teen"
One of the Kansas
clan used to pronounce it "Rat-en-nay" but she was attending medical school
at the time and was obviously attempting an image change! (We don't know
if she reverted to the more traditional pronunciation or not). And now
we have word that another of the Kansas clan has adopted that same pronunciation.
Today, only one brother
of original Sioux City clan survive. Family branches are in California
and in Kansas. The California Rattenne's consist of the following:
Clair Rattenne of San Jose - the patriarch of the Rattenne family until
his death in 1996.
Houfek-Rattenne - "The Mom"
Rattenne - eldest son
Karen Mosca - middle
child and only "girl"
Dennis Mosca - Karen's
Kirk Rattenne - ten
years younger, completing the set!
Marlene Rattenne -Kirk's
Emily - middle child
Daniel - the baby.