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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.

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The surname Karcher 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).

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


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Karcher Settlers in 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
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Karcher Settlers in 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
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  • Joseph T. Karcher (1904-1987), American Democrat politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly, 1930-32 ; Candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from New Jersey, 1972
  • Horatio S. Karcher (1868-1939), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State Senate 28th District, 1923-28; defeated in primary, 1928
  • Hannah Karcher, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1944
  • Ellen Karcher, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 2004
  • Alan J. Karcher (1943-1999), American Democrat politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1988
  • John Clarence Karcher (1894-1978), American geophysicist and businessman
  • James Norman Karcher (1914-1997), American football offensive lineman
  • Mark Karcher (b. 1978), retired American professional basketball player
  • Alan J. Karcher (1943-1999), American Democratic Party politician
  • Ellen Karcher (b. 1964), American Democratic Party politician
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    Other References

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    6. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    7. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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    10. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
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