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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Gehra, Gehren, Gehring, Gera, Geradon, Geradts and many more.

First found in Hamburg, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs. The name is also connected to several place names in the Holstein region.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gehra research. Another 170 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1566, 1590, 1610, 1770, and 1844 are included under the topic Early Gehra History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Gehra Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Christian Gehr, who came to Philadelphia in 1731; Simon Gehres, who settled in America in 1739; Adam Gehrich, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1751; Dietrich Gercken, who came to North America in 1775.

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  9. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Gehra Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gehra 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 2 October 2003 at 15:50.

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