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Origins Available: German-Alt, German

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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Gerlach, Gerlache, Gerlich, Gerlack, Gerlag and others.

First found in Dresden, 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. Jacob von Gerlach received his Knighthood from King Sigismund in 1435.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gerlach research. Another 186 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1838 and 1861 are included under the topic Early Gerlach History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 24 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gerlach Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gerlach Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Conrad Gerlach, with his wife and four children, who arrived in America in 1709
  • Johann Christian Gerlach, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Peter Gerlach, who landed in New Jersey in 1709
  • Johann Christ Gerlach, who landed in New York, NY in 1710
  • Johann Christopher Gerlach came to New York State in 1710-11


Gerlach Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • C Christ Gerlach, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Ferdinand Gerlach, who landed in New York in 1834
  • Uhleric Gerlach, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837
  • John Gerlach, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • Henry Gerlach, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848


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  • Jim Gerlach, U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania
  • Manfred Gerlach (b. 1928), co-founder of the former East German youth movement ("Freie Deutsche Jugen"), mayor of Leipzig (1950-53) and member of the Central Committee (1949-59)
  • Walther Gerlach (1889-1979), German atomic physicist
  • Hellmut von Gerlach (1866-1935), German journalist and politician
  • Joseph von Gerlach (1820-1896), German anatomist
  • Manfred Gerlach (b. 1928), former East German politician, Chairman of the Council of State of East Germany (1989-1990)
  • Karl Friedrich Otto von Gerlach (1801-1849), German theologian and pastor
  • Ernst Ludwig von Gerlach (1795-1877), Prussian judge, politician, and editor


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  • Homer and Lille Gerlach and Their Gerlach, Glick, Little, and Hempfield Ancestry by Elmer K. Gerlach.
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  2. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
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  6. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
  7. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
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The Gerlach Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gerlach 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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