Gebhard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Gebhard family

The surname Gebhard was first found in Silesia, where this family name dates back to at least the 9th century. The name is derived from the Old High German elements "geb" which means "gift" and "hard" meaning "brave, hardy." One of the first records of the name was Gebhard of Lahngau (c. 860-910) of the Conradine dynasty, son of Odo (died 879) who was Duke of Lotharingia (903-910.) A few years later, Saint Gebhard (949-995) was a bishop of Constance (979-995) and founded the Benedictine abbey of Petershausen in 983.

Early History of the Gebhard family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gebhard research. Another 156 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1622, 1802, 1023, 1023, 1023, 1036, 1036, 1060, 1010, 1088, 1060, 1547, 1600 and 1584 are included under the topic Early Gebhard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gebhard Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gebhardt, Gebhard, Gebheart, Gebhart, Gephard, Gephardt, Gephart, Gebheard, Gebbard, Gebbart, Gebbardt, Gabhart and many more.

Early Notables of the Gebhard family (pre 1700)

Notables of the period with the surname Gebhard were Gebhard I (died 1023), known as Gebhard of Swabia, Bishop of Regensburg from 994 to 1023. He achieved fame for his generosity to the poor Black Forest farmers around 990 A.D. He was succeeded by Gebhard II, called Gebhard von Hohenwart, who was the bishop of Regensburg (or Ratisbon) from 1023 to 1036. His son, Gebhard III, called...
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United States Gebhard migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gebhard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Georg Philipp Gebhard, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1738 [1]
  • Gorg Gebhard, who arrived in America in 1738 [1]
  • Hans Henry Gebhard, with his wife and five children, who settled in Georgia in 1741
  • Nickel Gebhard, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741 [1]
  • Peter Gebhard, who landed in America in 1741 [1]
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Gebhard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Frederick Gebhard, who landed in New York in 1803 [1]
  • Frederick Gebhard, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1834
  • Carolina Gebhard, aged 3, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1845 [1]
  • G Gebhard, aged 36, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1845 [1]
  • Georg Gebhard, aged 36, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Gebhard (post 1700) +

  • Paul Henry Gebhard (1917-2015), American anthropologist and sexologist
  • Heinrich Gebhard (1878-1963), German-born, American pianist, composer and piano teacher
  • John Gebhard (1782-1854), American lawyer and politician from New York
  • Robert Henry "Bob" Gebhard (b. 1943), American front-office executive in Major League Baseball
  • David S. Gebhard (1927-1996), American leading architectural historian
  • John Gebhard (1782-1854), American politician, Representative from New York 13th District, 1821-23 [2]
  • Jacob Gebhard, American politician, Member of New York State Senate Western District, 1806-10 [2]
  • A. J. Gebhard, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1916 [2]
  • Rollo Gebhard (b. 1921), German multiple single hand maritime circumnavigator and author
  • Sebastian Gebhard Messmer (1847-1930), Swiss-born American prelate of the Catholic Church, Bishop of Green Bay (1892-1903) and Archbishop of Milwaukee (1903-1930)


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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