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Where did the German Karcher family come from? What is the German Karcher family crest and coat of arms? When did the Karcher family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Karcher family history?

The colorful history of the German region of Silesia provides the setting for oldest origins of the Karcher family surname. The name Karcher comes from the Middle High German word "karc," meaning "cunning," or "sly." As such, the surname was most likely originally a nickname which later became a surname.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Karg, Karger, Kaerg, Kaerger, Karge, Kaerge, Kaergel, Kerg, Kerger, Kergel, Kerge, Karc and many more.

First found in Silesia, where this family made important contributions toward the development of this district from ancient times. Always prominent in social and political affairs, the family formed alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. Ancient chronicles first mention Heinczel Kergel of Prague (c.1321,) Nicolaus Karger of Olmuetz (c.1361,) and Wigund Karge of Hessen (c.1265).


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Karcher research. Another 757 words(54 lines of text) covering the years 1698, 1598, 1723, 1709, 1774, 1813, 1827, 1837, 1841, 1846, 1613, 1614 and 1699 are included under the topic Early Karcher History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 41 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Karcher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Karcher Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • David Karcher, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Martie Karcher, aged 19, landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Philip Karcher, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Ludwig Henrich Karcher, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Christoph Jacob Karcher, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753

Karcher Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Valentin Karcher, who arrived in Brazil in 1828
  • Solomon Karcher, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1843
  • Louis Karcher, aged 33, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • Caroline Karcher, aged 9, landed in New York in 1854
  • Caspar Karcher, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1854


  • Carl Nicholas Karcher (1917-2008), American businessman
  • Kenneth Paul Karcher (b. 1963), American football coach and former player
  • Ellen Karcher (b. 1964), American Democratic Party politician
  • Alan J. Karcher (1943-1999), American Democratic Party politician
  • Mark Karcher (b. 1978), retired American professional basketball player
  • James Norman Karcher (1914-1997), American football offensive lineman
  • John Clarence Karcher (1894-1978), American geophysicist and businessman
  • Ernst Friedrich Kärcher (1789-1855), German educator and philologist
  • Karl-Ehrhart Karcher (1918-1973), German Schnellboot commander in World War II


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The Karcher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Karcher Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 21 August 2013 at 10:46.

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