Gerlacher History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Gerlacher family

The surname Gerlacher 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.

Important Dates for the Gerlacher family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gerlacher research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1838 and 1861 are included under the topic Early Gerlacher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gerlacher Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Gerlacher family (pre 1700)

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Gerlacher migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gerlacher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Gerlacher, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854 [1]

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Citations

  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)
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