Lercher History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Lercher family migrated to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The surname Lercher is for a bowman or archer. The surname Lercher 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.

Early Origins of the Lercher family

The surname Lercher 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.

Early History of the Lercher family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lercher research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the year 1778 is included under the topic Early Lercher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lercher Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Lercher family name include Larcher, Lercher, Lurcher, Larchier and others.

Early Notables of the Lercher family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Lercher family

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Lercher family to immigrate North America: Joseph Larcher who landed in North America in 1771.



The Lercher 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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