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The name Lerch reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Lerch family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest in 1066. Lerch is a name for a bowman or archer. The surname Lerch was originally derived from the Old French word archer, and the preposition le, which means the, which is abbreviated to l' when placed next to a vowel, as in l'archer.

Lerch Early Origins



The surname Lerch was first found in Derbyshire and Nottingham, where they were granted lands by King William, Duke of Normandy, for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. William L'Archairus, was General of bowmen for Duke William, and he was granted the Hundred of Sunburne in Hampshire in the year 1086. He was so recorded in the Domesday Book. Both William L'Archer and his son were, according to Barlow, and his "Peerage of England," at the Conquest.

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Lerch Spelling Variations


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Lerch Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Larcher, Lercher, Lurcher, Larchier and others.

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Lerch Early History


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Lerch Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lerch research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1778 is included under the topic Early Lerch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lerch Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lerch Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Lerch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Lerch or a variant listed above:

Lerch Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anthony Lerch, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Peter Lerch, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Joh Jacob Lerch, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Antony Lerch, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1757
  • Nicholas Lerch, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lerch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Burkhard Lerch, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1860
  • William Lerch, who arrived in America in 1864
  • Agnes Lerch, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Amalia Lerch, aged 14, who emigrated to America, in 1893
  • Augustin Lerch, aged 9, who landed in America, in 1893

Lerch Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Anna Lerch, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Anton Lerch, aged 60, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Anna Lerch, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Anne Lerch, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Bernhard Lerch, aged 43, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Lerch (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Lerch (post 1700)



  • Major-General Archer Lynn Lerch (1894-1947), American Commandant of Provost Marshal Training Center (1942)
  • Marilyn Lerch (b. 1936), American-born, Canadian poet, teacher, and activist
  • Randy Louis Lerch (b. 1954), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • W. A. Lerch, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Northampton County, 1879-82
  • Norbert A. Lerch, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Macomb County 3rd District, 1961
  • Marilyn R. Lerch, American politician, Socialist Workers Candidate for Presidential Elector for District of Columbia, 1972
  • John B. Lerch, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1916
  • John Lerch, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1877-81
  • Fred Louis Lerch (1902-1989), Austrian actor
  • Mathias Lerch (1860-1922), Czech mathematician, eponym of the Lerch zeta function

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sola bona quae honesta
Motto Translation: Those things only are good which are honest.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    2. 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).
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    11. ...

    The Lerch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lerch 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 3 November 2015 at 11:00.

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