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Where did the German Erbst family come from? What is the German Erbst family crest and coat of arms? When did the Erbst family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Erbst family history?

The Erbst surname is derived from the German word "Herbst," meaning autumn. It has been suggested that the surname may have originally been used by people whose main work occurred during the fall harvest. For example, Herbster, most likely meant "grape harvester."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Herbst, Herbest, Herbster, Harpster, Herbstheiner, Herbestheim, Herbstman, Erbst, Erbest, Herbestman, Herbestmann, Erbestmann, Herbstmann, Herbsteiner and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. Early records include a Marquart Herbst, in Würzburg in 1220 and a Nitsche Herbist, on record in Liegnitz in 1372. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Erbst research. Another 229 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1588, 1666, 1588, 1666, 1743 and 1807 are included under the topic Early Erbst History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 63 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Erbst Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Erbst Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Fried Erbst, who settled in New Orleans in 1850
  • Fried Erbst, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1850
  • Louise Erbst, who came to New York, NY in 1868

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  9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
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The Erbst Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Erbst Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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