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The surname Gerlach was 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.

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


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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
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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
  • Walther Gerlach (1889-1979), German atomic physicist
  • 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)
  • Karl Friedrich Otto von Gerlach (1801-1849), German theologian and pastor
  • Manfred Gerlach (b. 1928), former East German politician, Chairman of the Council of State of East Germany (1989-1990)
  • Joseph von Gerlach (1820-1896), German anatomist
  • Hellmut von Gerlach (1866-1935), German journalist and politician
  • 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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Citations



    Other References

    1. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    9. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. 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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