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Where did the German Gerhart family come from? What is the German Gerhart family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gerhart family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gerhart family history?

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

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

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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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gerhart 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 Gerhart History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 97 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gerhart Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gerhart Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Falentyn Gerhart, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Johan Gerhart, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Valenteyn Gerhart, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Jacob Gerhart, who arrived in New Jersey in 1730
  • Jacob Gerhart came to New Jersey in 1730


Gerhart Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Ludwig Gerhart, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • August Gerhart, who arrived in Arkansas in 1896

Gerhart Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Marie Gerhart, who landed in Alabama in 1928

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