Geppert History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Anglo-Saxon name Geppert comes from the baptismal name son of Gilbert. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.
Early Origins of the Geppert family
The surname Geppert was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times.
Important Dates for the Geppert family
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Geppert Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Geppert were recorded, including Gibbard, Gibbert, Gibert, Gybbard, Gybbert and many more.
Early Notables of the Geppert family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Geppert family
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Geppert family emigrate to North America: Thomas and Henry Gibbard landed in Virginia in 1774; William Gibbard settled in New Haven, Conn. in 1640; Ann, Edward and Jane Gibberd landed in New York in 1830.
Contemporary Notables of the name Geppert (post 1700)
- Ed Geppert, American Democrat politician, Member, Platform Committee, Democratic National Convention, 2008 
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