Gerd Henrich Thomasmeyer
- Born: 17 Jan 1757, Essen, K. of Hannover, Germany
- Christened: 1757, St. Nikolai Church, Essen, Wittlage, Prussia
Gerd Henrich Thomasmeyer's father, Johann Everhardt Löhr, was born in Stockum as Johann Everhardt Löhr, then married in 1751 to Marie Anna Elisabeth Sieberts. Because she owned a farm he was known for a while as Johann Everhardt/Evert Sieberts, alias Löhr.
The two of them bought the Thomas farm, and the name changed to Thomasmeyer (meyer means 'farmer'). When they took possession of that farm he was known as Johann Everhardt/Evert Thomas or Thomasmeyer, also Löhr and Sieberts. Their children all carried the name of Thomasmeyer as their surname.
At the christening of the first three children, his name is listed as Johann Evert Löhr, genant Sieberts, then when Gerd Henrich was born in 1757, his name was listed as Johann Everhard Thomas, also known as Sieberts.
When his son Everd Henrich was born in 1765, he was listed as Johann Evert Sieberts, modo Thomasmeyer. At the time of his death he had been married to his second wife and was listed as Thomasmeyer, alias Löhr. Since his Sieberts wife had died in the meantime, that name was no longer mentioned.
Therefore, Gerd Henrich Thomasmeyer and his siblings all carried the Thomasmeyer surname, even though his father was known by several names/aliases as was the custom of his time, based on his ownership of property and marital status.