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Gerlach Early Origins



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. One of the most famous of the family was Saint Gerlach (Gerlache, Gerlac, Gerlachus van Houthem, Gerlac of Valkenberg) (d. c. 1170 AD) was a Dutch hermit who lived near Valkenburg in Limburg. Originally a soldier, Gerlache became a pious Christian upon the death of his wife and went on pilgrimage to Rome and Jerusalem. In Rome, he nursed the sick for seven years and accordingly to legend, he transformed local well water into wine three times as a sign that his sins had been forgiven. Later, Jacob von Gerlach received his Knighthood from King Sigismund in 1435.

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Gerlach Spelling Variations


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Gerlach Spelling Variations



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

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Gerlach Early History


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Gerlach Early History



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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Gerlach Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gerlach Early Notables (pre 1700)



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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gerlach (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gerlach (post 1700)



  • Jim Gerlach (b. 1955), American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania (2003-2015)
  • Charles Lewis Gerlach (1895-1947), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania (1945-1947) and (1939-1945)
  • Carl R. Gerlach, American politician, Mayor of Overland Park, Kansas (2005-)
  • Kurt Albert Gerlach (1886-1922), German sociologist
  • Otto von Gerlach (1801-1849), German theologian and pastor
  • Carl Gotthelf Gerlach (1704-1761), German organist
  • Walther Gerlach (1889-1979), German atomic physicist who co-discovered the Stern-Gerlach effect
  • 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)
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Gerlach


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Suggested Readings for the name Gerlach



  • Homer and Lille Gerlach and Their Gerlach, Glick, Little, and Hempfield Ancestry by Elmer K. Gerlach.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    7. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    10. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. 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.

    This page was last modified on 31 October 2016 at 14:04.

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