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The historic kingdom of Bohemia, enclosed by mountains and the celebrated Bohemian forest, is the noble birthplace of the name Gerdes.German surnames developed at a time when most of Bohemia, and most of the German provinces, were states of the Holy Roman Empire. Fairly general principles guided the development of hereditary surnames in Bohemia. Two of the common types of family names found in the Prussia are patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The surname Gerdes derived from the Old German personal name Gerhard, which means spear-brave.

Gerdes Early Origins



The surname Gerdes was first found in Bohemia, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

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Gerdes Spelling Variations


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Gerdes Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Gerhardt, Gearhart, Gearhardt, Gerhart, Gearhard, Gerhard, Gerheart, Gearheart, Gerard and many more.

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Gerdes Early History


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Gerdes Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gerdes research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1629, 1582, 1637, 1698, 1765, 1726, 1736, 1607 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Gerdes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gerdes Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gerdes Early Notables (pre 1700)



During this early period, notable bearers of the name Gerdes included Johann Gerhard (1582-1637), the most famous Lutheran theologian of the time; Daniel Gerdes (1698-1765), German Calvinist theologian and historian...

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gerdes 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:

Gerdes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ludw Gerdes, who landed in North America in 1832
  • Ferdinand H Gerdes, who landed in America in 1836
  • A M Gerdes, who arrived in America in 1849
  • Bernard Gerdes, aged 50, landed in Missouri in 1849
  • Died Gerdes, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gerdes (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gerdes (post 1700)



  • Eckhard Gerdes (b. 1959), American novelist and editor
  • Bernd Gerdes (b. 1989), German footballer
  • Ludger Gerdes (1954-2008), German painter, sculptor and multimedia artist
  • Otto Gerdes (1920-1989), German Grammy Award winning conductor and record producer
  • Alfred Gerdes (1916-1962), German silver medalist field hockey player at the 1936 Summer Olympics

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Gerdes Historic Events


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Gerdes Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Scott W Gerdes (b. 1965), American Private 1st Class from Pittsville, Massachusetts, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    2. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    3. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    4. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    5. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    6. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    7. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    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. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    10. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    11. ...

    The Gerdes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gerdes 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.

    This page was last modified on 19 May 2016 at 12:29.

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