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Early Origins of the Gerth family

The surname Gerth was first found in Yorkshire where John, Mariota del Garth was listed there in 1297 and again in the Subsidy Rolls of Cumberland in 1332. The name is derived from the Middle English "garth" and literally means "One in charge of enclosed ground, a garden or paddock." 1

"In Yorkshire Garth has occasionally become Gath." 2 The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed: Beatrice del Garthe in Howdenshire and Willelmus del Garth.

Gyrth (d. 1066), was Earl of East Anglia, fourth son of Earl Godwine. He "shared his father's banishment in 1052, and took refuge with him in Flanders. He also shared the restoration of his father and brothers in the following year. In 1057 he succeeded Ælfgar in the earldom of East Anglia, having perhaps received 'some smaller government at an earlier time' It seems that when he was appointed over the whole or part of East Anglia the king told him that he would give him something more (Vita Eadwardi, p. 410), and he did at some later time receive the earldom of Oxfordshire also." 3

Early History of the Gerth family

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Gerth Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Gerth has been recorded under many different variations, including Garth, Garthe, Girth, Gyrth, Gyrthe, Gart, Gartt and others.

Early Notables of the Gerth family

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Samuel Garth FRS (1661-1719), an English physician and poet. He was the "eldest son of William Garth of Bowland Forest in the West Riding of Yorkshire, was born in 1661, and sent to school at Ingleton, at the foot of...
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Gerth Ranking

In the United States, the name Gerth is the 11,548th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 4

United States Gerth migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Gerth or a variant listed above:

Gerth Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry Gerth, who landed in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1782 5
Gerth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ludwig Gerth, who landed in America in 1840 5
  • Gotfrieu Gerth, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1855 5

Contemporary Notables of the name Gerth (post 1700) +

  • Jeff Gerth, American former investigative reporter for The New York Times, awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1999 for covering the transfer of American satellite-launch technology to China
  • Otto A. Gerth, American politician, Mayor of Beverly Hills, California, 1950 6
  • Charles S. Gerth, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Louisiana, 1950 6
  • Charles S. Gerth, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Connecticut 1st District, 1908 6
  • Walter Gerth (1914-1995), German Sturmbannführer (Major) in the Waffen-SS during World War II who was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

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  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. 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)
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook