Gaeddert (Gäddertz, Gödert, Goedert, Gederts, Gedert, Geddert) family

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Gaeddert (Gäddertz, Gödert, Goedert, Gederts, Gedert, Geddert) is a Prussian Mennonite family name, the earliest available record of which dates back to 1630. In the Montauer Dorfbuch of 1630 appears the name of Wilhelm Gäddertz, together with 20 other Mennonite family names. Montau was the oldest Mennonite settlement of the Sartowitz-Neuenburger lowlands near Culm, dating back to 1567. Since then the name appears occasionally in the records of the Mennonite settlements along the Vistula River in the settlement records of Central Poland and Volhynia, later in those of Russia, and finally in the Mennonite records of North and South America. The church records of the Frisian Church at Montau-Gruppe, of the Frisian and Flemish Church at Schönsee, and of the Frisian Church at Obernessau contain the names "Goedert" and "Geddert."

It seems that the name was difficult to translate. The same author first translates it correctly in the Danzig church records (according to Gustav E. Reimer) as "Gotthard," then incorrectly as "Gerhard" and "Gideon." Various spellings of the name appear in the records.

Dietrich Gaeddert was one of the most widely known members of this family. He was a minister of the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, Russia, and founder of the Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church near Buhler, Kansas. Albert M. Gaeddert, a later pastor of the church, and Gustav R. Gaeddert, an educator, were active in Civilian Public Service and Mennonite Central Committee work.


Alexanderwohl Church Record (microfilm, Mennonite Library and Archives, Bethel College (North Newton, KS)).

Hege, Christian. "Mennonitenfamilien in Zahlen." Mennonitische Geschichtsblätter 5 (August 1940): 29.

Reimer, Gustav E. Die Familiennamen der Westpreussischen Mennoniten. Weierhof, 1940: 98, 100.

Wiebe, H. Das Siedlungswerk niederländischer Mennoniten im Weichseltal zwischen Fordon und Weissenberg bis zum Ausgang des 18. Jahrhunderts. Marburg, 1952: 47, 140, 145, 148, 151-153, 159.

Author(s) Gustav R Gaeddert
Date Published 1956

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Gaeddert, Gustav R. "Gaeddert (Gäddertz, Gödert, Goedert, Gederts, Gedert, Geddert) family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 3 Dec 2022.,_G%C3%B6dert,_Goedert,_Gederts,_Gedert,_Geddert)_family&oldid=119829.

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Gaeddert, Gustav R. (1956). Gaeddert (Gäddertz, Gödert, Goedert, Gederts, Gedert, Geddert) family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 3 December 2022, from,_G%C3%B6dert,_Goedert,_Gederts,_Gedert,_Geddert)_family&oldid=119829.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 430. All rights reserved.

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