Gerth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Gerth family

The surname Gerth was first found in Surrey 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 12th century when they held estates in that shire and held a family seat at Morden.

Important Dates for 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 (pre 1700)

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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 [1]
Gerth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ludwig Gerth, who landed in America in 1840 [1]
  • Gotfrieu Gerth, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1855 [1]

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 [2]
  • Charles S. Gerth, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Louisiana, 1950 [2]
  • Charles S. Gerth, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Connecticut 1st District, 1908 [2]
  • 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


  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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from
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