The Gerham family name dates back to 1066 when the Norman Conquest
introduced a plethora of new names and words into Britain. It comes from an early member of the family who was a person of German
descent, or a person who was associated with that country through trade or other means. Another derivation of the name suggests that it derives from the Old French given name Germain.
This name was borne by a popular French saint from the 5th century, and also meant of the same stock,
or related to.
Gerham is a classic example of an polygenetic surname,
which is a surname that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently.
Early Origins of the Gerham family
The surname Gerham was first found in Essex
where they had been granted lands after the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Gerham family
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Gerham Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include German, Germans, Jermain, Jarman and others.
Early Notables of the Gerham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gerham family to Ireland
Some of the Gerham family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 41 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gerham family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Gerham or a variant listed above:
Gerham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Reginald Gerham, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1909
- Robert Gerham, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1922
- John Gerham, aged 51, who landed in America, in 1922
- Emillo Gerham, aged 20, who emigrated to America, in 1923