Ehrhardt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Ehrhardt family

The surname Ehrhardt 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 Ehrhardt family

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Ehrhardt 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 Ehrhardt include Ehrhardt, Ehrhart, Erhart, Erhard, Erhardt, Errheart, Errhart, Errhard, Errhardt, Earhart, Airhart and many more.

Early Notables of the Ehrhardt family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the name Ehrhardt 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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Ehrhardt Ranking

In the United States, the name Ehrhardt is the 10,773rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Ehrhardt is ranked the 5,798th most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. [2]

United States Ehrhardt 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 Ehrhardts to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Ehrhardt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henrich Ehrhardt, who arrived in New York in 1709-1710 [3]
  • Peter Ehrhardt, who arrived in New York in 1709-1710 [3]
  • Henrich Ehrhardt, who settled in New York in 1709-1710
  • Valledin Ehrhardt, who settled in Philadelphia in 1752
  • Niclaus Ehrhardt, who settled in Philadelphia in 1754
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Ehrhardt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Dietrich Ehrhardt, who landed in New York in 1830 [3]
  • Babette Ehrhardt, aged 26, who landed in New York, NY in 1849 [3]
  • Friedrich Ehrhardt, who arrived in America in 1854 [3]
  • Christian Ehrhardt, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1860 [3]
  • Kath Ehrhardt, who landed in America in 1866 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Ehrhardt (post 1700) +

  • Horst A. Ehrhardt (b. 1923), birth name of Ross Evans, American actor, best known for his appearences on Twilight Zone (1986) and The Competition (1980)
  • Bo Ehrhardt, American three-time Robert Festival winning producer, best known for Valhalla Rising (2009) and Dear Wendy (2004)
  • Clyde Walter Ehrhardt (1921-1963), American football offensive lineman
  • Welton Claude Ehrhardt (1894-1980), American pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • Arthur Ehrhardt (1896-1971), German Waffen-SS officer and author
  • Helmuth Ehrhardt, German psychiatrist
  • Annelie Ehrhardt (b. 1950), German athlete
  • Hermann Ehrhardt (1881-1971), German Freikorps commander
  • Travis Ehrhardt (b. 1989), Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Herbert W. Ehrhardt, English 2nd Class passenger residing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping on an overturned boat [4]

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  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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