Possible derivations for the Barrse surname include the Middle High German word "bars," meaning "a perch;" thus the name may have been a nickname
for someone thought to resemble a fish in some way, or a metonymic occupational
name for a fish dealer or fisherman. Or, the name may come from the Low German word "barsch," meaning "harsh," or "rude." In this case, the name would have been a nickname
, which became a surname.
Early Origins of the Barrse family
The surname Barrse was first found in Mecklenburg, where the name could be considered to make a great early contribution to the feudal
society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. The name became prominent in local
affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the complex national conflicts, as each group sought power and status in an ever-changing territorial profile.
Early History of the Barrse family
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Barrse Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Barsch, Barrse, Barsse, Bars, Barschall, Bertsch, Bertsche, Bertsh and many more.
Early Notables of the Barrse family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Barrse family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johannes Barsch, who came to Philadelphia in 1731; Andrew Barr settled in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1834; David Barss arrived in Philadelphia in 1852. Balthas Bertsch came to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1772.