Kerschner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The surname Kerschner emerged in the German state of Silesia. Before the late Middle Ages, people were known only by a single name. However, as the population increased and travelers set out on their journeys, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves. Many people, such as the Kerschner family, adopted the name of their feudal occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. There are two occupations which gave rise to this name. The first is that of a church sexton, which is the meaning of the German word "kirchenære." The other occupation is that of a furrier and, in this case, the name is derived from the word "kuerschner."
Early Origins of the Kerschner family
The surname Kerschner was first found in Silesia, where the family was anciently associated with the political and religious conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. The family founded numerous branches, many of which acquired manors and estates in surrounding regions, where they contributed to the prosperity of their society. The name probably derives from "Kuersch," meaning pelt, and "Kuerschner" which refers to a furrier. It is not to be confused with "Kirsch," which means cherry. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Ortlip Hermelin der Kuersener, who lived in Breslau, Silesia around 1360.
Important Dates for the Kerschner family
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Kerschner Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Kirschner, Kirschener, Kirscher, Kirschen, Kirsher, Kirshner, Kirshener, Kerschner, Kerscher, Kersher, Cirschner, Cirschener, Cirscher, Cirsher, Cirshner, Cirshener, Kuersch, Kuersener, Kursch, Kuerschner, Kurschner, Kuerssner and many more.
Early Notables of the Kerschner family (pre 1700)
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Kerschner migration to the United States
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Kerschner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Samuel Kerschner, who settled in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1734
Contemporary Notables of the name Kerschner (post 1700)
- William H. Kerschner, American politician, Representative from Pennsylvania 29th District, 1926 
- Amy Kerschner, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 2008 
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