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Gerke Early Origins



The surname Gerke was first found in Hamburg, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs. The name is also connected to several place names in the Holstein region.

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Gerke Spelling Variations


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Gerke Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Gehra, Gehren, Gehring, Gera, Geradon, Geradts and many more.

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Gerke Early History


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Gerke Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gerke research. Another 170 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1566, 1590, 1610, 1770, and 1844 are included under the topic Early Gerke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gerke Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gerke Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gerke 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:

Gerke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johannes Gerke, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Maria Gertrud Gerke, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • John P Gerke, aged 27, landed in Missouri in 1839
  • William Gerke, aged 30, arrived in Missouri in 1842
  • Maria Elisabeth Gerke, aged 66, arrived in America in 1843

Gerke Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Wilhelm Ottomar Gerke, aged 28, arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Hermann von Beckerath"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gerke (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gerke (post 1700)



  • Friedrich Clemens Gerke (1801-1888), German writer, journalist, musician and pioneer of telegraphy, he revised the Morse code in 1848 to the standard used today
  • Jack Gerke DSO, AM (b. 1916), Australian Second World War and Korean War veteran, recipient of the Distinguished Service Order for bravery

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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. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    5. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    8. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    9. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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    The Gerke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gerke 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 11 August 2015 at 06:47.

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