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Early Origins of the Gellert family

The surname Gellert was first found in Silesia, where the name gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. The name derives from the occupational name for a town crier, for which the German word is "geller." It is also a nickname for a man with red hair, from the Yiddish "gel." It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

Early History of the Gellert family

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Gellert Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gehler, Gehlen, Gehren, Geler, Geller, Gelar, Gelan, Gelder, Geldern, Goler and many more.

Early Notables of the Gellert family (pre 1700)

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United States Gellert migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gellert Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • M Franzisea Gellert, who arrived in America in 1840 [1]
  • Friderike Gellert, aged 25, who arrived in America in 1844 [1]
  • Georg Gellert, who landed in New York, NY in 1849 [1]

Australia Gellert migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Gellert Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Gellert, aged 50, a farmer, who arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Hermann von Beckerath" [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gellert (post 1700) +

  • Lawrence Gellert (1898-1979), born Laslow Grünbaum, Budapest-born, American music collector who amassed huge collection of field-recorded African-American blues and spirituals
  • Jay Gellert (b. 1954), American current CEO and President of Health Net, Inc
  • Hugo Gellert (1892-1985), Hungarian-American illustrator and muralist
  • Christian Fürchtegott Gellert (1715-1769), German poet
  • Imre Gellért (1888-1981), Hungarian gymnast who competed at the 1908 and the 1912 Summer Olympics
  • Leon Maxwell Gellert (1892-1977), Australian poet

  • Karl Gellert (1909-1941), German Kapitänleutnant who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]

  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HERMANN VON BECKERATH 1847. Retrieved from
  3. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from on Facebook