Here is my Katscher name history such as it is. It is very incomplete. I was only 10 when my Grandfather Katscher died and no one got his info before he died, least of all me.
Here is my Katscher ancestor report, I am Friedrich's son:
Descendants of Otto Katscher
Generation No. 1
1. OTTO1 KATSCHER was born in Mittelschlesen, Germany. He married IDA JOHANNA SCHMIDT. She was born in Mittelschlesen, Germany.
Children of OTTO KATSCHER and IDA SCHMIDT are:
2. i. WILLIAM KARL2 KATSCHER, b. March 14, 1899, Eichau, Germany; d. February 15, 1982, Dearborn, MI, USA.
ii. GUSTAF KATSCHER.
iii. ELSE KATSCHER.
Generation No. 2
2. WILLIAM KARL2 KATSCHER (OTTO1) was born March 14, 1899 in Eichau, Germany, and died February 15, 1982 in Dearborn, MI, USA1. He married MARGARETHA HAHLBECK2 February 01, 1936 in Chicago, IL, USA, daughter of JOHAN HAHLBECK and DORETHEA OETZEL. She was born May 19, 1903? in Winzeldorf, Germany2, and died February 29, 1988 in Dearborn, MI, USA.
Children of WILLIAM KATSCHER and MARGARETHA HAHLBECK are:
3. i. FRIEDRICH3 KATSCHER, b. Private.
ii. ROLAND KARL KATSCHER3, b. February 21, 1939, Chicago, IL, USA; d. August 1958, Dearborn, MI, USA.
1. Social Security Death Index.
2. Johann Friederick and Dorothea Hahlbeck, Hahlbeck family Bible.
3. Friedrich Katscher, Interview with Friedrich Katscher.
Other Katscher info I haven't found anywhere on the web:
The polish surname of Katscher is of two different origins. In the first place, the surname is of toponymic origin, deriving from the place-name where the first bearer lived or held land. In this instance, the surname Kascher derives from the place-name "Katscher" which is a town located in the country of Leobschutz, in Silesia (Poland). Thus, the surname Katscher signifies "one who comes from Katscher". Alternatively, the surname Katscher is of nickname origin, deriving from the physical characteristic or personal attribute of the initial bearer. In this case, the surname Katscher is a variant of Katscher, both being derived from the Slav word "kocor" which signifies "duck". Therefore, the surname Katscher/Katscher was given as a nickname to someone whose mannerisms or perhaps his walking reminded those ones of a duck. This surname is also found in Germany particularly among the Wends or Sorbs. These are a Slav speaking minority located in Eastern Germany on the borders of Poland and Czechoslovakia. Indeed, their language Wendish is closely related to both Polish and Czech depending on location. Variants of the surname Katscher include Katscher, Katzer, Kacer and Ketzer.
There is a reference to a family named Rottenberg von Katscher/Ketre from Silesia (Poland). A members of this family, Franz Katzcher von Rottenberg was listed among the Bohemian knights in the year 1547. Another member, Johann Rottenberg von Ketre (or Katscher) was ennobled in 1658. Others were Casper von Rottenberg from Ketscher and his sons Adam and Franz were recorded in 1535.
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