Filename: KERSHNER.HTM Internet: http://www.kerchner.com/kershner.htm Date: Created: 1 Sep 1996 Updated: 2 Dec 2003 By: Charles F. Kerchner, Jr. 3765 Chris Drive Emmaus PA 18049-1544 Subj: Kershner / Kerschner / Kirschner Family Name Keywords: KERSHNER KERSCHNER KIRSCHNER KIRSHNER FAMILY NAME NAMES ROOTS Many people have contacted me seeking information about the family name variously spelled: KERSHNER, KERSCHNER, KIRSCHNER, and other variations of that name spelled with an "S" in the name. While the names Kershner and Kerchner have the same Soundex code in English they are pronounced completely different in German and the two surnames are completely different German family surnnames. In addition to sounding similar in English, they are often also confused because of frequent misspelling of the two surnames in various public records. The onomastics of the Kerchner/Kirchner name indicate it means "church worker". The onomastics of the Kershner/Kirschner name indicate it means either "furrier" or "cherry worker". These different families have been further confused by some researchers because some recent generations of Kershner descendants married Kerchner descendants. Individuals looking for information on the Kershner / Kerschner / Kirschner family name should contact one of the researchers listed below. They have a large database containing over 30,000 names of Kershner descendants and related families. In addition they have an active family association which publishes a quarterly newsletter and holds an annual reunion. Research note: An exception to the rule! Recent Y-DNA genetic testing has proved conclusively that one small branch of Adam Kerchner's descendants permanently changed the spelling of their surname from Kerchner to Kershner, circa 1880's. This Kerchner clan are the descendants of Isaac Harry Kerchner, s/o Augustus and Lydia Kerchner, of Wheatfield Twsp, Perry Co PA. Isaac Harry Kerchner moved to Perrysville, Ashland Co OH, where his family adopted the surname spelling of Kershner, which is as it is spelled in the 1880 census and also on Isaac's death certificate when he died there in 1916. See page links below for more information on the Kerchner surname and the Y-DNA Genetics & Genealogy Project. Kershner/Kerschner/Kirschner participants are solicited and welcome to join the Y-DNA Genetics & Genealogy Project.
If you write to them via snail mail, be sure to enclose a large SASE with a several ounces of postage on it for their use to facilitate convenient reply. They have authorized me to post their addresses to assist people with KERSHNER family research. Please be sure to tell them you saw this posting and that I referred you to them.
Charles F. Kerchner, Jr.
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Created - 1 Sep 1996
Updated - 2 Dec 2003