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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.

Gerritsen Early Origins



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.

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Gerritsen Spelling Variations


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Gerritsen 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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Gerritsen Early History


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Gerritsen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gerritsen 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 Gerritsen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gerritsen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gerritsen Early Notables (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...

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gerritsen 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 were:

Gerritsen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gerritsen (post 1700)


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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


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    2. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    3. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    4. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    9. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    10. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    11. ...

    The Gerritsen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gerritsen 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 21 March 2015 at 08:17.

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