Gergen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Gergen is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the baptismal name German. The surname Gergen referred to the son of German which belongs to the category of patronymic surnames. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.

Early Origins of the Gergen family

The surname Gergen was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Gergen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gergen research. Another 72 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1539, 1614, 1579, 1573, 1645, 1604, 1611, 1614, 1629, 1605 and 1684 are included under the topic Early Gergen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gergen Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Gergen have been found, including Jarman, Jarmain, Jermayne, Jermain, Jermyn, Jermin and many more.

Early Notables of the Gergen family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Ambrose Jermyn; his son, Sir Robert Jermyn DL (1539-1614) was an English politician, High Sheriff of Suffolk for 1579; Sir Thomas Jermyn...
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Migration of the Gergen family to Ireland

Some of the Gergen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gergen migration to the United States

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Gergen, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Gergen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Karl H. Gergen, who settled in New York, NY in 1851
  • Samuel Gergen, aged 18, who settled in America, in 1895
  • Thomas Gergen, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
Gergen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Anna Gergen, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States, in 1909

Contemporary Notables of the name Gergen (post 1700)

  • Michael Gergen (b. 1987), American professional NHL hockey player
  • Mary Gergen, American social psychologist
  • Kenneth J. Gergen (b. 1935), American psychologist and professor at Swarthmore College
  • John Jay Gergen (1903-1967), American mathematician who introduced the Lebesgue–Gergen criterion
  • David Gergen (b. 1942), American political consultant who served during the administrations of Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton
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