The name Erlich is a proud symbol of ancient Jewish culture. Before the late Middle Ages, people were known only by a single name. However, as the population increased and travelers set out on their journeys, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves. Jewish hereditary surnames
were adopted from a variety of different sources. One of the most common types of Jewish names is the ornamental name. The name Erlich is a Jewish Ashkenazic
ornamental name. Numerous Jewish surnames are ornamental surnames, which are names that have an ornamental value and are not necessarily related to the localities, occupations, nicknames or given names of the first person who used the name. However, ornamental names were often derived from elements that described locations or features of geography, animals and birds, occupations or personal names. In this case, the surname Erlich comes from the Yiddish
word erlekh, which means virtuous and honest. Although some of the variants of this surname, with the first component Ehren, sound similar to the surname Aaron, they belong to this group, which means honest.
Early Origins of the Erlich family
Erlich Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Ehrlich, Erlich, Ehrlichman, Erlichman, Ehrlichmann, Erlichmann, Ehrlichson, Erlichson, Ehrman, Ehrenfreund, Ehrenpreis, Ehrenhaft, Ehrenson, Ehrenberg, Ehrenburg, Ehrenfrucht, Ehrenstein, Ehrenberg, Ehrenhaus, Ehrenfeld, Ehrenfest, Ehrenfried, Ehrenkrantz, Ehrenreich, Ehrensteil, Ehrenthal, Ehrenzweig, Ehrenstamm, Ehrenfeund, Ehrenpreis, Ehrenfaft, Ehrenreich and many more.
Migration of the Erlich family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Erlich Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- E H Erlich, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)