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Gerhold Coat of Arms / Gerhold Family Crest

Gerhold Coat of Arms / Gerhold Family Crest

This German name of GERHOLD was originally a baptismal name 'the son of Gerhardt' a name meaning 'spear-hard'. The small villages of Europe, or royal and noble households, even large religious dwellings and monasteries gave rise to many family names, which reflected the occupation or profession of the original bearer of the name. Following the Crusades in Europe in the 11th 12th and 13th centuries a need was felt for an additional name. This was recognized by those of gentle birth, who realised that it added prestige and practical advantage to their status. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. The family were from FROM GRIFTE; A DISTRICT OF FRITZLAR-HOMBERG. Oldest known descendant on male side was an Andreas GERHOLD a peasant father of Johannes GEROLD, born Grifte 26th February, 1652, died 6th March 1725. This was newly adopted on 1st October 1959 as requested by RUDOLPH GERHOLD, a representative in Hambourg for himself and his descendants as well as the remaining ancestors on the male side of the ANDREAS GEROLD named above. Surnames are divided into four categories, from occupations, nicknames, baptismal and locational. All the main types of these are found in German-speaking areas, and names derived from occupations and from nicknames are particularly common. A number of these are Jewish. Patronymic surnames are derived from vernacular Germanic given names, often honouring Christian saints. Regional and ethnic names are also common. The German preposition 'von (from) or 'of', used with habitation names, is taken as a mark of aristocracy, and usually denoted proprietorship of the village or estate from where they came. Some members of the nobility affected the form VON UND ZU with their titles. In eastern Germany there was a heavy influence both from and on neighbouring Slavonic languages. Many Prussian surnames are of Slavonic origin.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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