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

Erhard Early Origins



The surname Erhard 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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Erhard Spelling Variations


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Erhard Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Erhard include Ehrhardt, Ehrhart, Erhart, Erhard, Erhardt, Errheart, Errhart, Errhard, Errhardt, Earhart, Airhart and many more.

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Erhard Early History


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Erhard Early History



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

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Erhard Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Erhard Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the name Erhard 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 Erhard 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



Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Erhard or a variant listed above:

Erhard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Simon Erhard, who landed in New York, NY in 1710-1714
  • Johan Henrich Erhard, aged 23, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Joanis Erhard, aged 21, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741
  • Wilhelm Erhard, aged 20, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1741
  • William Erhard, aged 20, landed in Pennsylvania in 1741
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Erhard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Erhard, aged 28, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Georg Erhard, who arrived in North America in 1836
  • Gg Jul Friedr Erhard, who landed in America in 1845
  • Johan Erhard, aged 28, landed in New York, NY in 1849
  • Charles Erhard, who landed in Colorado in 1884
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Erhard (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Erhard (post 1700)



  • Werner Hans Erhard (b. 1935), born John Paul Rosenberg, American critical thinker and author of transformational models and applications for individuals, groups, and organizations, founder of Werner Erhard and Associates (1981-1991)
  • Ludwig Erhard (1897-1977), German Minister of Finance under Konrad Adenauer and the architect of the "economic miracle" (Wirtschaftswunder), Chancellor of West Germany from 1963-1966

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Citations


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    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. 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. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    5. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    6. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 11 July 2016 at 09:55.

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