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The historic kingdom of Bohemia, enclosed by mountains and the celebrated Bohemian forest, is the noble birthplace of the name Gearheart.German surnames developed at a time when most of Bohemia, and most of the German provinces, were states of the Holy Roman Empire. Fairly general principles guided the development of hereditary surnames in Bohemia. Two of the common types of family names found in the Prussia are patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The surname Gearheart derived from the Old German personal name Gerhard, which means spear-brave.

Gearheart Early Origins



The surname Gearheart was first found in Bohemia, where the name came from humble beginnings but 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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Gearheart Spelling Variations


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Gearheart Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Gerhardt, Gearhart, Gearhardt, Gerhart, Gearhard, Gerhard, Gerheart, Gearheart, Gerard and many more.

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Gearheart Early History


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Gearheart Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gearheart research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1629, 1582, 1637, 1698, 1765, 1726, 1736, 1607 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Gearheart History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gearheart Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gearheart Early Notables (pre 1700)



During this early period, notable bearers of the name Gearheart included Johann Gerhard (1582-1637), the most famous Lutheran theologian of the time; Daniel Gerdes (1698-1765), German Calvinist theologian and historian...

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gearheart Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johann Georg Gerhard, with his wife and six children, who came to America in 1709. Johann Heinrich Gerhard arrived in Philadelphia in 1739; Christopher Gerhardt also came to Philadelphia in 1752. Jacob Gerhart came to New Jersey in 1730..

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gearheart (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gearheart (post 1700)



  • Susan Gearheart, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Washington, 1972
  • Gary Martin Gearheart, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 2008, 2012; Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates; Elected unopposed 2010; Elected 2012
  • G. H. Gearheart, American Republican politician, Black and Tan Grand Old Party Candidate for Presidential Elector for Mississippi, 1956

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    6. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    7. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    10. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    11. ...

    The Gearheart Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gearheart 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 19 October 2015 at 10:21.

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