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Early Origins of the Kelchner family

The surname Kelchner was first found in Lincolnshire "on the estate of Kelke, [which] was owned by a family so designated from it. " [1] Great Kelk and Little Kelk are found in the East Riding of Yorkshire and date back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where they were collectively known as Chelche. [2] Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Barnaby le Wold, held by Earl Hugh Lupus, Earl of Chester who was recorded in the Domesday Book.

Early History of the Kelchner family

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Kelchner Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Kelk, Kelke and others.

Early Notables of the Kelchner family (pre 1700)

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United States Kelchner migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Kelchner or a variant listed above were:

Kelchner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Georg Kelchner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1731 [3]
  • Michael Kelchner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733 [3]
  • Mathias Kelchner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1760 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kelchner (post 1700) +

  • Warren H. Kelchner, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Port-au-Prince, 1930 [4]
  • George C. Kelchner, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1964 [4]

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. 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)
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from on Facebook