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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Goethe, Goeth, Gothe, Gotthe, Gotha, Goethel and others.

First found in Thuringia, 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gotthard research. Another 235 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1816, 1749, 1832 and 1782 are included under the topic Early Gotthard History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 101 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gotthard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gotthard Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Theodor Gotthard, who landed in America in 1852
  • Julius Karl Gotthard, who arrived in North America in 1854

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  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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  4. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
  5. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
  6. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
  7. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
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The Gotthard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gotthard 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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