Gerick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Gerick family

The surname Gerick was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they held a family seat in their territories. The Pictish influence on Scottish history diminished after Kenneth Macalpine became King of all Scotland. But those east coast families still played an important role in government and were more accessible to Government than their western highland counterparts. The family name became associated as a sept of the Clan Gordon. Allegiances were important to Scottish middle age survival. Later in 1264 Andrew Garuiach was Sheriff of Aberdeen. Adam Garioch rendered homage to King Edward 1st in his brief conquest of Scotland in 1296 as well as Andrew and Sir John.

Early History of the Gerick family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gerick research. Another 100 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1745 and 1886 are included under the topic Early Gerick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gerick Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gareach, Garioch, Gariock, Garrioch, Garriock, Gariouch, Garuyach, Garryock, Garyock, Garyioch, Garrioch, Garrick and many more.

Early Notables of the Gerick family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Gerick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Gerick migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gerick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Christ Gerick, who arrived in America in 1846 [1]
Gerick Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Frank Gerick, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1912 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gerick (post 1700) +

  • Steven N. Gerick, American flying ace during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories
  • Pilot Lt. Col. Herman F. Gerick, American pilot of a B-36H-25-CF, 51-5719, February 7th, 1950; he saved the all the lives of his crew when he ordered a bail out when the plane refused to land, the plane later crashed in open countryside
  • Steven N. Gerick, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories
  • Jane Frances Gerick (1963-2003), Australian politician from Meekatharra, Western Australia, Member of the Australian Parliament for Canning (1998-2001)

The Gerick Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Concussus surgo
Motto Translation: Though shaken, I rise.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook
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