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Where did the German Baersch family come from? What is the German Baersch family crest and coat of arms? When did the Baersch family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Baersch family history?The Baersch family name first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria. After the 12th century, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Baersch is a local surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Baersch was given to someone who lived in Bavaria. The surname Baersch is derivative of the German surname Bercht, which itself is a shortened form of the name Berthold. However, the precursor to the name Berthold was the Old German personal name Berhtwald.
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Baersch include Bertsch, Bertsche, Bertche, Bertsh, Bertshe, Bersch, Bersche, Bartsch, Baertsch, Bartsche, Baertsche, Bartche, Baertche, Bartsh, Baertsh, Bartshe, Baertshe, Barsch, Baersch, Barsche, Baersche and many more.
First found in Bavaria, where the name Bertsch came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as branches of the house acquired estates in new locations which, combined with their great contributions to society, succeeded in elevating their social status.
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The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were: Hibertus Barsch who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1731; Isaac Bertsch arrived in Philadelphia in 1764; Balthas Bertsch came to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1772.
The Baersch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Baersch 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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