DAECHER Surname Meaning and Family History

What Does the Last Name Daecher Mean?

Three generations of roof thatchers pose on a ladder.
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Occupational in origin, the Daecher surname most likely derived from the Old High German word decker, denoting one who covered roofs with tile, straw or slate. The meaning of the word expanded during the Middle Ages to encompass carpenters and other craftsman and was used to refer to one who built or laid the decks of vessels

From the German Decher, meaning "the quantity of ten"; this may also have been a name given to the tenth child.

Surname Origin: German


Famous People with the DAECHER Surname

  • Jessie James Decker - American country pop singer-songwriter and reality T.V. personality
  • Eric Decker - American National League Football wide receiver
  • Desmond Dekker - Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician
  • Thomas Dekker - English dramatist and pamphlet writer

Where is the DAECHER Surname Most Common?

The Daecher surname, according to surname distribution information from Forebears, is primarily found in the United States—especially in the state of Pennsylvania, followed by California and New York.

WorldNames PublicProfiler indicates the Daecher surname is most common, as might be expected, with people living in Germany, followed by those in the United States. Within Germany, the Daecher surname is found most frequently in Hessen, followed by Nordrhein-Westfalen and Thuringen. Within the United States, the majority of the individuals with the Daecher surname are living in Pennsylvania.

Genealogy Resources for the Surname DAECHER

Daecher Family Crest - It's Not What You Think
Contrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Daecher family crest or coat of arms for the Daecher surname. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families, and may rightfully be used only by the uninterrupted male line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted.

More than 100 members have joined this project for the Decker surname (and variants such as Daecher) to work together to find their common heritage through DNA testing and sharing of information.

DECKER Family Genealogy Forum
This free message board is focused on descendants of Decker ancestors around the world. Search the forum for posts about your Decker ancestors, or join the forum and post your own queries. 

FamilySearch - DAECHER Genealogy
Explore over 1.3 million results from digitized historical records and lineage-linked family trees related to the Daecher surname on this free website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

DECKER Surname Mailing List
Free mailing list for researchers of the Daecher surname and its variations includes subscription details and a searchable archives of past messages.

GeneaNet - Daecher Records
GeneaNet includes archival records, family trees, and other resources for individuals with the Daecher surname, with a concentration on records and families from France and other European countries.

The Daecher Genealogy and Family Tree Page
Browse genealogy records and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the Daecher surname from the website of Genealogy Today.

Ancestry.com: Daecher Surname
Explore over 2.6 million digitized records and database entries, including census records, passenger lists, military records, land deeds, probates, wills and other records for the Daecher surname on the subscription-based website, Ancestry.com


References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998.

Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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