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Where did the German Erhardt family come from? What is the German Erhardt family crest and coat of arms? When did the Erhardt family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Erhardt family history?The ancestral home of the Erhardt family is in the German province of Bavaria. Erhardt is a German nickname surname. Such names came from eke-names, or added names, that described their initial bearer through reference to a physical characteristic or other attribute. It is a name for a courageous or honorable person. The surname Erhardt is composed of two German words meaning honor and bravery.
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Erhardt include Ehrhardt, Ehrhart, Erhart, Erhard, Erhardt, Errheart, Errhart, Errhard, Errhardt, Earhart, Airhart and many more.
First found in Bavaria, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Erhardt research. Another 227 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1824, 1391, 1573, 1854 and 1808 are included under the topic Early Erhardt History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 109 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Erhardt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Erhardt or a variant listed above:
Erhardt Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Erhardt Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Erhardt Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Erhardt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Erhardt 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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