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The German state of Silesia is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Kirchen. In the medieval era, Germany was fragmented and inhabited by numerous Barbarian tribes, who fought amongst themselves for control of the land. The ancient dukedom of Silesia derived its name from the Germanic tribe named the Silingers, who occupied Silesia between the 2nd and the 6th centuries.

Kirchen Early Origins



The surname Kirchen was first found in Silesia, where the family became noted for its many branches within the region, many houses acquiring a status and influence which rivaled that of the landed aristocracy. In their later history some branches were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they distinguished themselves through their contributions to the social, political, and economic developments of the nation. The mediaeval form of the name, "Kirchherr," meant literally "priest" or "servant of the church." The word "Kirchner" is still used in this way today in certain parts of Thuringia.

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Kirchen Spelling Variations


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Kirchen Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Kirchner, Circhner, Kirchener, Kerchner, Cerchner, Kirckner, Kerkner, Kerckner, Kercher, Kirchen, Kircher and many more.

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Kirchen Early History


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Kirchen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kirchen research. Another 343 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1707, 1592, 1657, 1731, 1601 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Kirchen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kirchen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kirchen Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the period with the surname Kirchen were Athanasius Kircher (1601-1680), known as Father Kircher, who was a Jesuit priest famous across Europe for his great...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kirchen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Georg Kirchner, who came to New York State in 1710. Johannes Kirchner arrived in Philadelphia in 1731; as did Johann Adam Kircher in 1741; Johann Philip Kercher in 1742.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kirchen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kirchen (post 1700)



  • Otto C. Kirchen, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Lansing, Michigan, 1924 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Erny Kirchen (b. 1949), former Luxembourg cyclist at the 1972 Summer Olympics
  • Alfred John "Alf" Kirchen (1913-1999), English footballer who played from 1934 to 1943, member of the England National Team (1935-1937)
  • Kim Kirchen (b. 1978), former Luxembourg road racing cyclist
  • Jeng Kirchen (1919-2010), Luxembourgish road racing cyclist in the Tour de France

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  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

Other References

  1. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
  3. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  4. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
  5. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  6. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
  10. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
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The Kirchen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kirchen Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 27 October 2015 at 11:39.

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