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The surname Gehra was 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.

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


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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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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. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
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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.

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