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The surname Gehrke 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 Gehrke research. Another 170 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1566, 1590, 1610, 1770, and 1844 are included under the topic Early Gehrke History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gehrke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Heinrich Gehrke, who arrived in Texas in 1840
  • Antonette Gehrke, who came to Galveston, TX in 1845
  • Antonette Gehrke, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1845
  • August Gehrke, aged 15, arrived in New York in 1862
  • C Gehrke, aged 50, landed in New York in 1862


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  • Charles W. Gehrke (1917-2009), American chemist, researcher and business entrepreneur
  • Steve Gehrke (b. 1972), award-winning American poet
  • Erwin Gehrke (1898-1966), American professional football fullback, halfback, and quarterback in the first American Football League
  • Johannes Gehrke, American professor of computer science at Cornell University
  • Chris Gehrke (1966-1991), American race driver on the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) circuit
  • Fred Gehrke (1918-2002), American National Football League running back


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  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
  3. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
  6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  7. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
  8. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
  9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Gehrke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gehrke 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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