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Where did the German Gaerthener family come from? What is the German Gaerthener family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gaerthener family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gaerthener family history?

Bavaria, Germany is the ancestral home of the Gaerthener family. The Germans began using hereditary surnames in the 12th century. Gaerthener is an occupational name, which was derived from the kind of work done by the original bearer. It is a name for a family whose profession was gardening. The surname Gaerthener is derived from the German noun "gartner," which means "gardener."

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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 Gaerthener include Gaertner, Gardner, Gardener, Gartener, Gaertener, Gaerdener, Gaerdner, Gaerthner, Gaerthener, Garthner and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where the family came from noble beginnings as a patrician family of Nuremberg and gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaerthener research. Another 241 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1575, 1654, 1712, 1720, 1732, 1791, 1792, and 1858 are included under the topic Early Gaerthener History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 43 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gaerthener Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Gaerthener surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Hans Pedder Gartner, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1731; as did Johann Wilhelm Gartner in 1748. Johann Georg Gaertner came to America in 1782; and Christian Gaertner settled in Texas in 1846..

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