Gerdes Family CrestThe German surname Gerdes is a patronymic name derived from the name "Gerd", short for Gerard, meaning "hard spear.” When around 1800 the Prussian government under French occupation decided to fix the surnames, the contemporary "son of Gerhard" had to keep his name. In Ostfriesland, the law was ignored until at least 1811. A notable bearer of the name Gerdes is Herbert Gerdes the noted German flm director.

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