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Bavaria, Germany is the ancestral home of the Bersch family. The Bersch surname evolved as a local name. It is a name for a family that lived in Bavaria. The surname Bersch 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.
The surname Bersch was 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.
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 Bersch 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bersch research. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bersch History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Bersch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bersch or a variant listed above:
Bersch Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Bersch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Bersch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bersch 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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