Erhart History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestral home of the Erhart family is in the German province of Bavaria. Erhart 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 Erhart is composed of two German words meaning honor and bravery.
Early Origins of the Erhart family
The surname Erhart 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 EbersheimMunster. He was canonized on the 8th of October 1052, by Pope Leo IX.
Early History of the Erhart family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Erhart research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1824, 1391, 1573, 1854, 1808, 1752, 1776, 1777, 1794, 1796, 1808, 1809, 1786 and 1810 are included under the topic Early Erhart History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Erhart Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Erhart include Ehrhardt, Ehrhart, Erhart, Erhard, Erhardt, Errheart, Errhart, Errhard, Errhardt, Earhart, Airhart and many more.
Early Notables of the Erhart family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Erhart 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 at the University of Innsbruck, was ennobled in the first half of the 19th century; he was known for his work on a Salzburg medical magazine that he had taken over in 1808.
Erard was the name borne by this firm of harp and pianoforte makers has been known almost as long in England as in France, its workshops having been established in London near the close of the...
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In the United States, the name Erhart is the 17,366th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
| Erhart migration to the United States ||+|
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:
Erhart Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Johann Henrich Erhart, aged 23, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1739 
- Johannes Erhart, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741 
- Wilhelm Erhart, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741 
- Johan Erhart, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749 
- Dietrich Erhart, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 
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Erhart Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Philip Erhart, who arrived in New York in 1830 
- Krikis Erhart, who landed in Indiana in 1852 
- Joseph Erhart, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1861 
Erhart Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Florent Erhart, who landed in Arkansas in 1905 
|Contemporary Notables of the name Erhart (post 1700) ||+|
- Mrs. Pat Erhart, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 1972
- George Erhart, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 1972
- A. A. Erhart, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1952
- Erhart Regier (1916-1976), Canadian politician, MP for Burnaby-Coquitlam (1953-1962)
- Erhart Aten (1932-2004), Micronesian politician
- "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?". NameCensus.com, https://namecensus.com/last-names/
- 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)