Origins Available: German
The surname Gerbers 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 Gerbers 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.
Early Origins of the Gerbers family
The surname Gerbers was first found in Silesia
, where this family was established in the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Gerbers family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gerbers research.Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1746, 1790, 1818, 1823, and 1891 are included under the topic Early Gerbers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gerbers Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Gerbe, Gherber, Gherbe, Gurber, Gurbe, Ghurber and many more.
Early Notables of the Gerbers family (pre 1700)
Notables of the period with the surname Gerbers 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 Gerbers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gerbers family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Hans Jacob Gerber, one of many of this surname who came to Philadelphia, who arrived in 1733; H.A. Gerber arrived in Texas in 1854.