Ehret History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Ehret family

The surname Ehret 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.

Important Dates for the Ehret family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ehret research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1824, 1391, 1573, 1854 and 1808 are included under the topic Early Ehret History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ehret Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Ehret include Ehrhardt, Ehrhart, Erhart, Erhard, Erhardt, Errheart, Errhart, Errhard, Errhardt, Earhart, Airhart and many more.

Early Notables of the Ehret family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the name Ehret 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...
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Ehret migration to the United States

European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Ehrets to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Ehret Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Peter Ehret, who arrived in America in 1749 [1]
Ehret Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Ehret, aged 28, who arrived in New York, NY in 1849 [1]
  • Catherina Ehret, age 30, who settled in New York, NY in 1849
  • Catherina Ehret, aged 30, who landed in New York, NY in 1849 [1]
  • Christina Ehret, aged 1, who arrived in New York, NY in 1849 [1]
  • Johann Ehret, aged 5, who landed in New York, NY in 1849 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Ehret (post 1700)

  • Charles Frederick Ehret (d. 2007), American WWII veteran
  • Terry Ehret (b. 1955), American poet
  • Gloria Jean Ehret (b. 1941), American professional golfer
  • Christopher Ehret (b. 1941), American professor at the University of California
  • Arno Ehret (b. 1953), former West German Olympic handball player
  • Georg Dionysius Ehret (1708-1770), German botanist and entomologist
  • Arnold Ehret (1866-1922), German health educator and author of several books on diet
  • Fabrice Ehret (b. 1979), Swiss football player

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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