Kirchner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German state of Silesia is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Kirchner. 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.

Early Origins of the Kirchner family

The surname Kirchner 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.

Early History of the Kirchner family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kirchner research. Another 172 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1707, 1592, 1657, 1731, 1601 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Kirchner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kirchner Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Kirchner family (pre 1700)

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

In the United States, the name Kirchner is the 3,949th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1]

United States Kirchner migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kirchner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Georg Kirchner, who settled in New York State in 1710
  • Johannes Kirchner, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1731
  • Andreas Kirchner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749 [2]
  • Joh Georg Kirchner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751 [2]
  • Agnes Kirchner, who landed in America in 1752 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Kirchner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Christopher Kirchner, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849 [2]
  • Christian Kirchner, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1846 [2]
  • Carl Joseph Kirchner, who arrived in Ohio in 1857 [2]
  • Friedrich Franz Kirchner, who arrived in America in 1859 [2]
  • Adam Kirchner, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1859 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Kirchner Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • August R Kirchner, who landed in Alabama in 1913 [2]

Australia Kirchner migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kirchner Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Gottlieb Kirchner, a tailor, who arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Alfred" [3]
  • John Chr Kirchner, aged 30, who arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Alfred" [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kirchner (post 1700) +

  • Michael Kirchner (b. 1957), American former professional wrestler, known as Corporal Kirchner in the WWF
  • Leon Kirchner (b. 1919), American composer and pianist. He studied with Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Toch, and Klemperer, and later taught at Harvard
  • Otto Kirchner (1846-1920), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1876; Michigan State Attorney General, 1877-80 [4]
  • Herman E. Kirchner, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Mercer County, 1968 [4]
  • Gerri Kirchner, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 2008 [4]
  • George E. Kirchner, American politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bethel, 1912 [4]
  • Volker David Kirchner (1942-2020), German composer and violist, recipient of the Rheingau Musikpreis, Peter Cornelius Plaque and the Kunstpreis Rheinland-Pfalz
  • Mark Kirchner (b. 1970), German former biathlete, first German to become Olympic champion in 1992
  • Nestor Kirchner (1950-2010), former Argentine President (2003-2007)
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938), sculptor, draughtsman, and painter and co-founder of the artist's group "Bruecke"

Suggested Readings for the name Kirchner +

  • The Ancestors and Descendants of Herman Buechele and Mary Rehklau and Michael Kirchner by Ruth Buchele Doerr.

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  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ALFRED 1848. Retrieved from
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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