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The Kuchar surname is derived from the Polish word "kucharz," which was derived from the occupational name which meant "cook."


The surname Kuchar was first found in Polesie, the largest province of Poland. It is inhabited by Ruthenians, called Polesians, of Ukrainian descent. The main towns are those of Brest Litovsk, Pinsk, Kobryn, Kamenets, Litovsk, and Luninets. It was in this province that the renowned Radziwills and Sapiehas held their vast estates. Wolczyn was the seat of the Czartoryski family. The surname became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kucharski, Kukarski, Kuekzkowski, Kuezuk, Kurcewski and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kuchar research. Another 304 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1408, 1452, 1500, 1620, 1648, and 1697 are included under the topic Early Kuchar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kuchar Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Bohumil Kuchar, who settled in Galveston, TX in 1907

  • Mike Kuchar (b. 1942), American underground filmmaker and actor
  • George Kuchar (b. 1942), American film director
  • Matthew Gregory Kuchar (b. 1978), American professional golfer
  • Tomasz "Józef" Kuchar (b. 1976), Polish, rally driver
  • Tadeusz Kuchar (1891-1966), Polish athlete, soccer player, swimmer, ice-skater, skier and sports official
  • Wac³aw Micha³ Kuchar (1897-1981), Polish sports champion, Olympian, and multiple soccer, track and field and ice skating champion of the country
  • Dennis Lawrence Kuchar (b. 1956), cardiologist based in Sydney, Australia

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    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Harper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    3. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Jones, Stephen. The History of Poland: From Its Origin as a Nation to the Year 1795. London: Vernor and Hood, 1795. Print.
    5. Stupnicki, H. Herbarz Polski Polish Armorial, 2 Volumes. London: Figaro Press, 1963. Print.
    6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    7. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Co., 1976. Print.
    10. White, Davis, and S. Jeanne. People of Polonia: The 1910 Census ward Two--Baltimore City Maryland, Part1. Baltimore, MD: Historyk Press, 1994. Print.
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    The Kuchar Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Kuchar 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 28 January 2014 at 17:02.

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