The ancestral home of the Earnheart family is in the German province of Bavaria
. Earnheart 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 Earnheart is composed of two German words meaning honor and bravery.
Early Origins of the Earnheart family
The surname Earnheart 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.
Early History of the Earnheart family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Earnheart research.Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1824, 1391, 1573, 1854 and 1808 are included under the topic Early Earnheart History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Earnheart Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Earnheart include Ehrhardt, Ehrhart, Erhart, Erhard, Erhardt, Errheart, Errhart, Errhard, Errhardt, Earhart, Airhart and many more.
Early Notables of the Earnheart family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Earnheart 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 Earnheart Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Earnheart family to the New World and Oceana
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 Earnheart or a variant listed above: Henrich Ehrhardt, who settled in New York in 1709-1710; Heinrich Ehrhart, who settled in Philadelphia in 1766; Johan Ehrhart settled in Philadelphia in 1749.