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The surname Starcher is a Westphalian-German nickname. Such surnames were very common in Westphalia. They were adapted from traditional eke-names, or added names, that described physical characteristics of their bearers. Starcher is a hereditary surname for a person who was noted for being strong and powerful. The name Starcher was originally derived from the German word "starc," which means "strong."

Starcher Early Origins



The surname Starcher was first found in Westphalia, where the name was associated with the noble family whose seat was in the area around Bochum. They gained a significant reputation for contributions to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

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Starcher Spelling Variations


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Starcher Spelling Variations



Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Starcher include Starck, Starcke, Stark, Starke (Lausitz), Staerk, Staerkel, Staerkle and many more.

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Starcher Early History


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Starcher Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Starcher research. Another 206 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1742, 1811, and 1874 are included under the topic Early Starcher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Starcher Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Starcher Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Starcher 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



After 1650, thousands of German settlers came to North America to escape the religious persecution and poverty that wracked Europe and to make the most of the opportunity to own their own land in a new country. They settled across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, and in Canada in Ontario and on the fertile plains of the prairie provinces. Among them: Johann Georg Starck, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1753. Johann Ludwig Starck came in 1771; while Conrad, Dorothea, Christiana, and Margaret Starck all arrived in New Orleans in 1820. Jacob Stark came to Philadelphia in 1750.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Starcher (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Starcher (post 1700)



  • Larry V. Starcher (b. 1942), American retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • Buddy Starcher (1906-2001), American country singer
  • H. Watson Starcher, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Cabell County, 1931-32; Defeated, 1928
  • O. L. Starcher, American Democrat politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Roane County, 1966
  • Mark Starcher, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Ravenswood, West Virginia, 1864-67
  • Hazel Starcher, American Democrat politician, Secretary of West Virginia Democratic Party, 1964-69; Candidate for Presidential Elector for West Virginia, 1972
  • H. Watson Starcher, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Cabell County, 1931-32
  • Ginny Starcher, American Democrat politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates 11th District, 1984
  • Everett Starcher, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Roane County, 1939-40
  • Edwin M. Starcher (b. 1865), American Democrat politician, Charles Mix County State's Attorney; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Dakota, 1912 (member, Committee on Rules and Order of Business)
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    3. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    4. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    5. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    6. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    10. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    11. ...

    The Starcher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Starcher 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.

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