Early Origins of the Gert family
The surname Gert was first found in Kent
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1275 when Richard and John Gard held Lands.
Early History of the Gert family
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Gert Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Gert were recorded, including Gard, Guard, Garde, Guarde and others.
Early Notables of the Gert family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gert family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Gert family emigrate to North America:
Gert Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Richard Gert, aged 38, who arrived in New York in 1854 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Gert (post 1700)
- Gert Schramm (1928-2016), German Holocaust survivor of Buchenwald concentration camp, the only black prisoner; he was arrested in violation of Nazi racial purity laws
- Gert Wilden (1917-2015), German film composer who scored music for more than 50 feature films in numerous genres
- Gert "Kralle" Krawinkel (1947-2014), German musician and guitarist
- Gert Kams (b. 1985), Estonian professional footballer
- Gert Potgieter (1937-1958), South African two-time gold medalist track and field athletics competitor at the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games
- Gert Wünsche (b. 1943), former German footballer
- Gert Jan Timmerman (b. 1956), Dutch chess player
- Gert Engels (b. 1957), former German footballer
- Gert Maritz (1798-1838), South African Voortrekker pioneer and leader
- Gert Bastian (1923-1992), German military officer and politician with the German Green Party
The Gert Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Toujours fidele
Motto Translation: Always faithful.