Karch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The colorful history of the German region of Silesia provides the setting for oldest origins of the Karch family surname. The name Karch 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.

Early Origins of the Karch family

The surname Karch was 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).

Important Dates for the Karch family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Karch research. Another 379 words (27 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 Karch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Karch Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Karch family (pre 1700)

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Karch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Karch migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Karch Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Karch, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754 [1]
  • Jacob Karch, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1764 [1]
  • Martin Karch, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 [1]
Karch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • B Karch, aged 35, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847 [1]
  • Charles Karch, who landed in St Clair County, III in 1848 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Karch (post 1700)

  • Charles Adam Karch (1875-1932), American Democrat politician, Member of Illinois State House of Representatives, 1905-06, 1911-12; U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, 1914 [2]
  • Arthur W. Karch (1886-1940), American politician, Mayor of Monroe, Michigan, 1939-40 [2]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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