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The historic kingdom of Bohemia, enclosed by mountains and the celebrated Bohemian forest, is the noble birthplace of the name Gerhard.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 Gerhard derived from the Old German personal name Gerhard, which means spear-brave.

Gerhard Early Origins



The surname Gerhard 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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Gerhard Spelling Variations


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Gerhard 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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Gerhard Early History


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Gerhard Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gerhard 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 Gerhard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gerhard Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gerhard Early Notables (pre 1700)



During this early period, notable bearers of the name Gerhard 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 Gerhard 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:

Gerhard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johann Georg Gerhard, with his wife and six children, who came to America in 1709
  • John George Gerhard, who arrived in America in 1709
  • Martin Gerhard, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Merdin Gerhard, aged 27, landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Johann Henrich Gerhard, aged 23, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1739
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gerhard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Wilhelm Gerhard, who landed in America in 1832
  • Paul Gerhard, who arrived in North America in 1832
  • Adolph, El Gerhard, who arrived in North America in 1837
  • William Gerhard, who landed in Texas in 1845
  • Johann Gerhard, aged 39, landed in New York, NY in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gerhard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Johannes Gerhard, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Magdelina Gerhard, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Maria Gerhard, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Richard Gerhard, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757

Gerhard Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Jacob Gerhard, who arrived in Manitoba in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gerhard (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gerhard (post 1700)



  • Paul Bernhard Gerhard (1824-1908), German entomologist who specialised in Lepidoptera
  • Robert Gerhard i Ottenwaelder (1896-1970), known as Roberto Gerhard, a Catalan composer and musical scholar and writer from German-Swiss descent

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. 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).
    6. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    7. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    8. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    9. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    11. ...

    The Gerhard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gerhard 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 7 December 2016 at 17:49.

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