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Where did the German Kirchner family come from? What is the German Kirchner family crest and coat of arms? When did the Kirchner family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kirchner family history?The German state of Silesia is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Kirchner. In the medieval era, Germany was fragmented and inhabited by numerous Barbarian tribes, who fought amongst themselves for control of the land. The ancient dukedom of Silesia derived its name from the Germanic tribe named the Silingers, who occupied Silesia between the 2nd and the 6th centuries.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Kirchner, Circhner, Kirchener, Kerchner, Cerchner, Kirckner, Kerkner, Kerckner, Kercher, Kirchen, Kircher and many more.
First found in Silesia, where the family became noted for its many branches within the region, many houses acquiring a status and influence which rivaled that of the landed aristocracy. In their later history some branches were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they distinguished themselves through their contributions to the social, political, and economic developments of the nation. The mediaeval form of the name, "Kirchherr," meant literally "priest" or "servant of the church." The word "Kirchner" is still used in this way today in certain parts of Thuringia.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kirchner research. Another 343 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1707, 1592, 1657, 1731, 1601 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Kirchner History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 87 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kirchner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Kirchner Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Kirchner Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Kirchner Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Kirchner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kirchner 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.
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