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The historic kingdom of Bohemia, enclosed by mountains and the celebrated Bohemian forest, is the noble birthplace of the name Gerretz.German surnames developed at a time when most of Bohemia, and most of the German provinces, were states of the Holy Roman Empire. Fairly general principles guided the development of hereditary surnames in Bohemia. Two of the common types of family names found in the Prussia are patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The surname Gerretz derived from the Old German personal name Gerhard, which means spear-brave.

Gerretz Early Origins



The surname Gerretz was first found in Bohemia, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

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Gerretz Spelling Variations


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Gerretz Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Gerhardt, Gearhart, Gearhardt, Gerhart, Gearhard, Gerhard, Gerheart, Gearheart, Gerard and many more.

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Gerretz Early History


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Gerretz Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gerretz research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1629, 1582, 1637, 1698, 1765, 1726, 1736, 1607 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Gerretz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gerretz Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gerretz Early Notables (pre 1700)



During this early period, notable bearers of the name Gerretz included Johann Gerhard (1582-1637), the most famous Lutheran theologian of the time; Daniel Gerdes (1698-1765), German Calvinist theologian and historian...

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gerretz 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: Johann Georg Gerhard, with his wife and six children, who came to America in 1709. Johann Heinrich Gerhard arrived in Philadelphia in 1739; Christopher Gerhardt also came to Philadelphia in 1752. Jacob Gerhart came to New Jersey in 1730..

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Citations



    Other References

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    10. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
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    The Gerretz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gerretz 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 26 June 2013 at 11:42.

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