Gerlich History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Gerlich family

The surname Gerlich 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.

Early History of the Gerlich family

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

Gerlich Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Gerlich family (pre 1700)

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United States Gerlich migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gerlich Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Nickolas Frantz Gerlich, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]


  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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