Gundelach History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient and distinguished German surname Gundelach is patronymic in origin, deriving from the name of the father of the original bearer. In this case, the name is derived from "Gundlach," which is itself derived from the Old High German words "gund," meaning "war," and "leich," meaning "tournament." The given name was popular among the nobility of Rhine-Hesse during the Middle Ages, and was thus handed down through these noble lines when hereditary surnames became common in Germany.

Early Origins of the Gundelach family

The surname Gundelach was first found in Rhine-Hesse, the southeastern region of the Rhineland, where it was a favorite personal name of the nobles of the region. Due to its military associations, it was also bestowed upon or adopted by many renowned Crusaders. The earliest known bearer of the name was one recorded simply as Gundlach, who lived in Worms in 1304. The young Gundelach family was instrumental during this formative period, figuring prominently in the history of the region and contributing greatly to the development of the medieval society of Rhine-Hesse.

Early History of the Gundelach family

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Gundelach Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gundlach, Gundelach, Gundloch, Gundlack, Gundelack, Gundelock and many more.

Early Notables of the Gundelach family (pre 1700)

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United States Gundelach migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gundelach Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johann Gundelach, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1802 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gundelach (post 1700) +

  • Jeff Gundelach, Founder of Quicker Products, an import/distribution corporation
  • Finn Olav Gundelach (1925-1981), Danish diplomat and European Commissioner


  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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