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The ancestral home of the Earhart family is in the German province of Bavaria. Earhart 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 Earhart is composed of two German words meaning honor and bravery.


The surname Earhart was 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. Saint Erhard of Regensburg was bishop of Regensburg in the 7th century. He was also known as Abbot Erhard of Ebersheim Munster. He was canonized on the 8th of October 1052, by Pope Leo IX.

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Earhart include Ehrhardt, Ehrhart, Erhart, Erhard, Erhardt, Errheart, Errhart, Errhard, Errhardt, Earhart, Airhart and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Earhart research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1824, 1391, 1573, 1854 and 1808 are included under the topic Early Earhart History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Prominent among members of the name Earhart in this period include Friedrich Ehrhardt, commander of the 8th Prussian infantry brigade, who was ennobled in 1854; D. Johann Ehrhart, director of the medical school...

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Earhart Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Earhart Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Nicholas Earhart, who landed in Mississippi in 1799

Earhart Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Earhart, who arrived in Indiana in 1852
  • Jacob Earhart, who arrived in Illinois in 1856-1864
  • Peter Earhart, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856

Earhart Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Elnora Earhart, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Owen Earhart, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Lina Earhart, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Macey Earhart, aged 30, who settled in America, in 1909
  • Blanche V. Earhart, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1914
  • ...

Earhart Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Adam Earhart U.E. who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784

  • Harry Boyd Earhart (1870-1954), American oil company executive, founder of the Earhart Foundation (1929)
  • Daniel Scofield Earhart (1907-1976), American politician, U.S. Representative from Ohio
  • Fred A. Earhart, American pharmacist who was briefly acting mayor of New Orleans for one day on July 15, 1936
  • Will Earhart (1871-1960), pioneering American music educator and member of the Music Educators Hall of Fame
  • Harry B. Earhart, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1948
  • Harry Earhart, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1944
  • Fred A. Earhart, American politician, Mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana, 1936
  • Ferdinand Butler Earhart (1840-1901), American Republican politician, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, 1892-96; Postmaster at New Orleans, Louisiana, 1901
  • Donald R. Earhart, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 55th District, 1998
  • Daniel Scofield Earhart (1907-1976), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Ohio at-large, 1935-37; Presidential Elector for Ohio, 1940
  • ...

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    The Earhart Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Earhart 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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