Gerberding History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The surname Gerberding is occupational in nature. Occupational names were derived from the common trades of the medieval era and transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. This phenomenon is demonstrated by names such as the German name Schumaker, which means a maker of shoes, the Ashkenazic Jewish name Zimmerman, which means carpenter, and the Polish and Jewish name Stolarski, which means joiner. Similarly, surnames of office, which include military, judicial, papal and other positions of authority, are widespread throughout Europe. Those who were involved in the military, or feudal armies, were given names such as the English Archer and the French Chevalier. Names that were derived from judicial and papal titles, such as Bailiffe, Squire and Abbott, are commonly seen with the same surname spelling today. The name Gerberding is derived from the Old German word "ledargarawo," meaning "leather preparer" which later became "gerwer" and "gerber." Accordingly, the original bearer of this name held the trade of a leather tanner.

Early Origins of the Gerberding family

The surname Gerberding was first found in Silesia, where this family was established in the Middle Ages.

Important Dates for the Gerberding family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gerberding research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1746, 1790, 1818, 1823, and 1891 are included under the topic Early Gerberding History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gerberding Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gerbe, Gherber, Gherbe, Gurber, Gurbe, Ghurber and many more.

Early Notables of the Gerberding family (pre 1700)

Notables of the period with the surname Gerberding were Ernst Ludwig Gerber (b.1746), who was a court organist and wrote "Das Tonkuenstlerlexikon" ("The Who is Who...
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Gerberding migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gerberding Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Gerberding, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1842 [1]
  • C O Gerberding, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1860 [1]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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