Kerker Family History
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Kerker Name Meaning
South German: variant of Kercher (see Karcher), but also from the dialect word Kerker ‘prison’ (Latin carcer), hence a metonymic occupational name for a prison warder or possibly a topographic name. North German: topographic name for someone who lived near a church, from Low German kerke ‘church’, or possibly an occupational name from a reduced form of Low German Kerkener ‘sexton’. Sorbian topographic name for someone living near bushes, from Sorbian kerk ‘bush’, ‘undergrowth’. Dutch: topographic name for someone who lived by a dungeon, Dutch kerker.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press