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.
Early Origins of the Bartsche family
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.
Early History of the Bartsche family
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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.
Early Notables of the Bartsche family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bartsche family to the New World and Oceana
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.