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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.

Ehrhardt Early Origins



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.

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Ehrhardt Spelling Variations


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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.

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Ehrhardt Early History


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Ehrhardt Early History



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

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Ehrhardt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ehrhardt Early Notables (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...

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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • Peter Ehrhardt, who arrived in New York in 1709-1710
  • Henrich Ehrhardt, who settled in New York in 1709-1710
  • Valledin Ehrhardt settled in Philadelphia in 1752
  • Niclaus Ehrhardt settled in Philadelphia in 1754
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ehrhardt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Dietrich Ehrhardt, who landed in New York in 1830
  • Babette Ehrhardt, aged 26, landed in New York, NY in 1849
  • Friedrich Ehrhardt, who arrived in America in 1854
  • Christian Ehrhardt, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1860
  • Kath Ehrhardt, who landed in America in 1866
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ehrhardt (post 1700)


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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

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Ehrhardt Historic Events


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Ehrhardt Historic Events




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

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    7. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    10. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    11. ...

    The Ehrhardt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ehrhardt 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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