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The German surname Erbe comes from the medieval personal name Erbe, meaning "descendant," or "heir."
Spelling variations of this family name include: Erb, Erbe, von Erb, von Erbe, Erbs, Erby, Erbie and others.
First found in the Rhineland, where this family was a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. The earliest record is of "ich Erbo, Erben sun" or "Erbo, son of Erbo," who was a knight in Colmar in 1282. Colman or Kolman, located in Alsace, was a free city of the Holy Roman Empire in 1226. They held a family seat at Strasbourg, where records show Erbo Schonterlin in 1260, and Erbo Mendewin in 1353. Further to the south, there is a record of Joh. Erbe in 1320, in Konstanz, a city on the Swiss border.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Erbe research. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1468 and 1531 are included under the topic Early Erbe History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Erbe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Erbe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Erbe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Erbe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Erbe 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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