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Multiple Origins for the Surname Gerber


German


The surname Gerber is occupational in nature. Occupational names were derived from the common trades of the medieval era and transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. This phenomenon is demonstrated by names such as the German name Schumaker, which means a maker of shoes, the Ashkenazic Jewish name Zimmerman, which means carpenter, and the Polish and Jewish name Stolarski, which means joiner. Similarly, surnames of office, which include military, judicial, papal and other positions of authority, are widespread throughout Europe. Those who were involved in the military, or feudal armies, were given names such as the English Archer and the French Chevalier. Names that were derived from judicial and papal titles, such as Bailiffe, Squire and Abbott, are commonly seen with the same surname spelling today. The name Gerber is derived from the Old German word "ledargarawo," meaning "leather preparer" which later became "gerwer" and "gerber." Accordingly, the original bearer of this name held the trade of a leather tanner.

Gerber Early Origins



The surname Gerber was first found in Silesia, where this family was established in the Middle Ages.

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Gerber Spelling Variations


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Gerber Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Gerbe, Gherber, Gherbe, Gurber, Gurbe, Ghurber and many more.

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Gerber Early History


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Gerber Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gerber research. Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1746, 1790, 1818, 1823, and 1891 are included under the topic Early Gerber History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gerber Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gerber Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the period with the surname Gerber were Ernst Ludwig Gerber (b.1746), who was a court organist and wrote "Das Tonkuenstlerlexikon" ("The Who is Who...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gerber Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gerber Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Gerber, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Claus Gerber, who landed in America in 1731
  • Hans Jacob Gerber, who came to Philadelphia in 1733
  • Hans Jacob Gerber, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Joh Jacob Gerber, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gerber Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Gerber, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Mrs. Gerber, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Peter Gerber, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1836
  • Vic Gerber, aged 68, landed in America in 1840
  • Leb Gerber, aged 3, landed in America in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gerber Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Arnold Gerber, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1855

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gerber (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gerber (post 1700)



  • Stephen Ross "Steve" Gerber (1947-2008), American comic book writer, co-creator of the character Howard the Duck
  • Michael E. Gerber (b. 1936), American author and founder of Michael E. Gerber Companies
  • Frank Daniel Gerber (1873-1952), American manufacturer of baby food, founded Fremont Canning Company in 1901, father of Daniel Gerber
  • Daniel "Dan" Frank Gerber (1898-1974), American founder of the baby food enterprise Gerber Products Company
  • Paul Gerber (1854-1909), German physicist, known for his controversial work on the speed of gravity
  • Heinrich Gerber (1832-1912), renowned German engineer and a pioneer in the construction of cantilevers
  • Heiko Gerber (b. 1972), German footballer
  • Ernst Ludwig Gerber (1746-1819), German composer, author
  • Christoph Gerber, Swiss professor at the Department of Physics, University of Basel, Switzerland, co-inventor of the atomic force microscope
  • Niklaus Gerber (1850-1914), Swiss dairy chemist and industrialist who developed the Gerber Method of testing the fat content of milk
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Gerber


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Suggested Readings for the name Gerber



  • A Genealogy of the Families of Michael and Anna Maria Gerber and Andrew and Anna Smith by Gene Francis Noterman.

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Gerber Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1855

Other References

  1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  2. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
  3. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
  5. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
  6. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  7. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  8. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  10. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
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The Gerber Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gerber 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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