Possible derivations for the Barsch 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 Barsch family
The surname Barsch 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 Barsch family
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Barsch Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Barsch, Barrse, Barsse, Bars, Barschall, Bertsch, Bertsche, Bertsh and many more.
Early Notables of the Barsch family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Barsch family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Barsch Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Johannes Barsch, who settled in Philadelphia in 1731
- Hibertus Barsch who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1731