Gerritsen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The historic kingdom of Bohemia, enclosed by mountains and the celebrated Bohemian forest, is the noble birthplace of the name Gerritsen.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 Gerritsen derived from the Old German personal name Gerhard, which means spear-brave.

Early Origins of the Gerritsen family

The surname Gerritsen 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.

Important Dates for the Gerritsen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gerritsen research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1629, 1582, 1637, 1698, 1765, 1726, 1736, 1607 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Gerritsen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gerritsen Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Gerritsen family (pre 1700)

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

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gerritsen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Wolfert Gerritsen, who landed in New Nethenand(e) in 1630 [1]
  • Adriaen Gerritsen, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1634 [1]
  • Goosen Gerritsen, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1637 [1]
  • Wolphert Gerritsen, aged 54, who arrived in New York in 1638 [1]
  • Philip Gerritsen, aged 24, who landed in New York in 1639 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Gerritsen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Derkje Gerritsen, aged 10, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • Jacob Gerritsen, aged 1, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • Hendrika Bangeis Gerritsen, aged 30, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • Dirk Gerritsen, aged 30, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • Evertje Gerritsen, aged 43, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Gerritsen (post 1700)

  • Lisa Gerritsen (b. 1957), born Lisa Orszag, an American child actor, best known for her role on My World and Welcome to It
  • Maico Gerritsen (b. 1986), Dutch footballer
  • Paul Gerritsen (b. 1984), New Zealand gold and bronze medalist rower
  • Marinus "Rinus" Gerritsen (b. 1946), Dutch bassist, founding member of Dutch group Golden Earring
  • Patrick Gerritsen (b. 1987), Dutch footballer
  • Annette Gerritsen (b. 1985), Dutch two-time silver and three-time bronze medalist speed skater

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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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