Kerger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

The surname Kerger 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).

Early History of the Kerger family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kerger 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 Kerger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kerger 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 Kerger family (pre 1700)

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


United States Kerger migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kerger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Kerger, who settled in New York in 1709
  • Johan Kerger, who arrived in New York in 1709 [1]
  • David Kerger, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1745
  • David Kerger, who landed in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1745 [1]
  • Heinrick Kerger, who settled in New York in 1761
Kerger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Kerger, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1845 [1]


  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)


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