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Possible derivations for the Bartsche 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.

Bartsche Early Origins



The surname Bartsche 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.

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Bartsche Spelling Variations


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Bartsche Spelling Variations



Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Bartsche include Barsch, Barrse, Barsse, Bars, Barschall, Bertsch, Bertsche, Bertsh and many more.

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Bartsche Early History


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Bartsche Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bartsche research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1523, 1600, 1633, 1757 and 1821 are included under the topic Early Bartsche History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bartsche Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bartsche Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bartsche Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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: 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.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    3. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    7. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    8. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    9. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    10. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
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    The Bartsche Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bartsche 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.

    This page was last modified on 14 January 2014 at 10:17.

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