Melcher History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Melcher family

The surname Melcher was first found in Austria, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. Melchior was the name of one of the biblical three Wise Men or Kings (Kaspar, Melchior and Balthasar,) and means literally in Hebrew "King of Light." In the 15th century it became very popular as a first name. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made the territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

Important Dates for the Melcher family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Melcher research. Another 126 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1719, 1738, and 1794 are included under the topic Early Melcher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Melcher Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Melchior, Melcher, Melchers, Melchert, Melckor, Melchor, Melkior, Melckior, Melcore, Melcior, Malcher (Silesia), Melchart, Melchior and many more.

Early Notables of the Melcher family (pre 1700)

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Melcher migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Melcher Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Melcher, who arrived in Portsmouth, NH in 1684 [1]
Melcher Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Melcher, who arrived in New York in 1709-1710 [1]
  • Nicolaus Melcher, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1736 [1]
  • Nichlaus Melcher, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1736
  • Georg Melcher, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
  • Hans Melcher went to Philadelphia in 1751
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Melcher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jacob Melcher, aged 20, who landed in Maryland in 1812 [1]
  • Charles Melcher, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1841 [1]
  • R D Melcher, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • Christian Melcher, who arrived in Texas with his family in 1852
  • Henry Melcher, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1858 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Melcher (post 1700)

  • Al Melcher (1884-1944), American racecar driver
  • Frederic G. Melcher (1879-1963), American publisher, bookseller, editor, best known as the creator of the Newbery Medal and Caldecott Medal
  • Joseph Melcher (1806-1873), Austrian-born, American clergyman, the first Roman Catholic bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Green Bay
  • Holman Staples Melcher (1841-1905), American Civil War officer, mayor of Portland, Maine
  • Charles Melcher (b. 1965), American founder and president of Melcher Media, a book packager and publisher
  • Martin Melcher (1915-1968), American film producer, husband of the actress Doris Day
  • Terrence P. Melcher (1942-2004), American musician and record producer
  • Philip Melcher, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1920 [2]
  • Peter T. Melcher, American politician, Representative from Tennessee 3rd District, 1990, 1992 [2]
  • John Melcher (b. 1924), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Forsyth, Montana, 1955; Member of Montana State House of Representatives, 1961-63, 1969; Member of Montana State Senate, 1963-67 [2]
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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