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Gerlak Early Origins



The surname Gerlak 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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Gerlak Spelling Variations


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Gerlak Spelling Variations



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

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Gerlak Early History


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Gerlak Early History



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

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Gerlak Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gerlak Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gerlak 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 or some of its variants were: Conrad Gerlach, with his wife and four children, who arrived in America in 1709. Johann Christopher Gerlach came to New York State in 1710-11.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    2. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    3. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    4. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    7. 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).
    8. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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    The Gerlak Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gerlak 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 13:55.

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