The nobility of the GELDREICH
On page 232 of the book " Württembergisches und Adels Wappenbuch " by Otto v. Alberti, is written for the name Gölderich this:

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Gölderich (Gälderich, Gelderich), patrician Family of Ravensburg, several times Mayors of the city, according to the coat of arms belonging to the family Humpiß. The chronicle of Voland v. Volandseck (in possession of Mr. Dr.v.Moll) contains information from 1315 - 1505. Friedrich G. of Vienna in possession of the castle Sigmarshofen in Grünkraut circumscription / Ravensburg; Hans Friedrich G. von Sigm. citizen of Ravensburg, named himself in 1597 "from Wolfberg”, surely Wolfberg from town Schmalegg. Three members of the family are involved in the Wurttemberg services. Belonging to the same line, Frick Göldrich, citizen of Ravensburg, wich in 1330 sold a farm to Unter-Waldhausen (circumscription Ravensburg) and carry the illustrated trade mark on the right. - OU.B. Ravensburg 128. 204. 206.

It is only proper that we recognize that the family Humpiß also was a very influential family from Ravensbourg.  They also possess three greyhounds in their coat of arms. We took these photos on the Humpiss house in the Marketstreet in Ravensburg.

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You can recognize the three greyhounds as well as the dog on the closed helmet.  What is the difference between this blazon and the one of the Geldreich? On the Geldreich blazon the dog is sitting on the helmet where as for the Humpiss, the dog is standing. However, at the present time we don't know why these two families chose greyhounds in their Blazons.

In the “dictionary of Names” by Hans Bahlow we can read under " Hund(t), on page 253, the following words:

Hündl(e), Hündgen(s): on the middle age, ÜN. Von Rittern (Dietrich v. Berlichingen named Hundt, 1297 very loved knight. Wurttemberg knight Henggi Huntpiß 1384 Ravensbgs.), = bissiger, gefährlicher Mensch,; biting, angry person,; At the time maybe well hunt dogs...

It is also known that a Hans Geldrich in 1473, probably son of an elder rarely quoted in the archives of the city of Ravensburg, served as mayor in the years 1504 until 1507 and 1510, (with interruptions).  His wife Barbara was the daughter of the defunct Jos Humpis. 

We infer from it, that the Gäldrich may adopted the coat of arms of the Humpiß and, that also the Gäldrichs were not very good people as well, and, about that subject can be read some more in the book from Heinrich Kramer (Institoris) Der Hexenhammer Malleus Maleficarum. Whether the Humpiß or the Gäldrich ever possessed hunt precincts is not known.



The gravestone of Henggi Humpiß, deceased 1429, has been well preserved. It can be found in the Protestant church of Ravensburg. The carved gravestone of Henngi Humpiß represents himself, on his feet the blazon with the three greyhounds. On the left bottom side of the gravestone appears the closed helmet, and standing on it, a greyhound, the blazon of the Humpiss.



Seals made out of wax of Conrad (left) and of Hans Gäldrich (right) dating 1484 and 1532. Some older seals are preserved in the archives of the city of Ravensburg.
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In the armorial " OBERBADISCHES GESCHLECHTERBUCH " published by the historic commission of the country of Baden and written by J.Kindler von Knobloch enclosed following enrollments:
Geldrich (Goeldrich) von Sigmarshofen.
Citizens of the city of Ravensburg, where Jacob and Conrad G, after improvement of their coat of arms with open helmet, (symbol of Nobility) have been raised into the aristocracyon on February 13, 1559 by the emperor Ferdinand I . and permitted them to be called according to their seats (places where they lived), and Sigmarshofen hasd been added to the name "Geldrich von  Sigmarshofen. (where "von" means "from").






On the left side, we have the blazon of the Geldrich before the improvement, with closed helmet. On the copy of the ennoblement that we possess, are the distinctly registered names Jacob and Conrad Geldrich. As described on top, the dog is sitting on the helmet. On the right side, we have the blazon after the improvement with the open helmet, symbol of Nobility. The inscription Geldrich on the left side of the dog on top, and on the right, “Bewilligung" that means concession, and the date, 13. Feb. 1559, that you can decipher easily.





Emperor Ferdinand I

born on March10.1503 in the castle Alcalá of Henares near Madrid, deceased onJuly 25. 1564 in Vienna; The tomb is in the Cathedral St Veits in Prague.

Married on Mai 26.1521 in Linz / Donau to Anna, Princess of Bohemia and Hungary.

Parents: Wladislaw IV, King of Bohemia, (Wladislaw II, King of Hungary) and Anna, Countess of Foix.

- 17.12.1526 elected in Preßburg, King of Hungary, by the Nobility of West-Hungary.
- 24.02.1527 crowned King of Bohemia in the Cathedral St Veits of Prague.
- 03.11.1527 crowned King of Hungary by the Hungarian imperial advice.
- 05.01.1531 elected in Cologne, King of the Roman - German empire.
- 11.01.1531 crowned in Aachen, King of the Roman - German empire.
- 12.09.1556 Roman Emperor.
- 15.03.1558 recognized solemnly in Frankfurt am Main, as Roman Emperor.




Of course are these armoiries not black and white. As they are described in the armorial “Oberbadisches Geschlechterbuch” by J.Kindler von Knobloch: On silver background, three red greyhounds, running, with stretched tongues and with black necklaces positioned one on the other; H. (Helmet) a sitting greyhound.
It appears that in the blazon of the Humpiß, the greyhounds are either white or black.



And it is this blazon that we will find in all armorials. In the armorial of Siebmacher, it has been reversed once, we hardly know more of them. We don't know precisely either how long the armories have been carried. The last registration of the armories was made by Georg Leopold Gelderich, Lord in part of Allengeois, deceased on 01.01.1701, Squire and Baron on the court of Prince Georges II of Mombéliard. The registration has been made in the general armorial of France by d’ Hozier following his census of 1696; Série Blasons coloriés, comté de Bourgogne. (Serial colored blazons, county of Burgundy / France)




The armories are also on a gravestone on the cemetery of Oberkirch in the Black forest / Germany. The tomb belongs to a family Geldreich living in the United States of America. This Family Geldreich, rather Mrs. Brigitta Geltrich/Ludgate with whom we are in contact, told us that the armories had been manufactured by an artisant of Oberkirch and could date back to the end of the 19th century.  In addition, Brigitta Geltrich/Ludgate, and her brother Klaus-Peter Geldreich, possess other goods such as seals and a signet ring belonging to their ancestors.







We also found the armoiries on the memorial slab of Hans Friedrich Gelderich, owner of the castle Wolfsberg in 1595.  He was married to Margaretha Schluthaiss von Konstanz, deceased the 07.05.1610. The memorial slab had been discovered under the altar of the church of Ermatingen in Switzerland following renovations in 1899. It has been acquired by the owner of the castle Wolfsberg, and after restoration it has been displayed on the left side to the entry of the chapel of the castle.












The nobility title (Baron) is not carried anymore today by any family Geldreich. To have it again for us, it must be applied again and, prerequisite for this would be a complete proof of the descent back up to the last entry. This would also mean considerable expenses. The coat of arms however are still carried.
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