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Early Origins of the Gephard family


The surname Gephard 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 Gephard family


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Gephard 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 Gephard family (pre 1700)


Notables of the period with the surname Gephard 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...
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Migration of the Gephard family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gephard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johann Ludwig Gephard, who settled in Philadelphia in 1792

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