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The bountiful region surrounding the Rhine river is the birthplace of the name Boesch. A single name was, at one time, all that people needed. However, increasing ease of travel and the burgeoning populations forced people to adopt a hereditary surname to set themselves apart from others. A common form of surname found in the Rhineland was the local name, a name taken on from a place-name. Originally denoting the proprietorship of a village or estate, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Boesch was given to someone who lived at or near an area known for a growth of bushes. Boesch is a topographic surname, a type of name given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

Boesch Early Origins



The surname Boesch was first found in the Rhineland, where this family became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times.

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Boesch Spelling Variations


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Boesch Spelling Variations



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 Boesch include Buschmann, Buschman, Buschmanne, Buschmane, Bushmann, Bushman, Boschman, Boschmann, Boschmanne, Boschmane, Boshman, Boshmann, Bueschmann, Bueschman, Bueschmanne, Bueshman, Bueshmann and many more.

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Boesch Early History


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Boesch Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boesch research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boesch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Boesch Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Boesch Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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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 the Rhineland who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. Many of those who left the Rhineland to seek their fortunes in the prosperous and free New World settled in the major urban centers of the United States and Canada. In the United States, the settlers from the Rhineland passed through immigration centers like that of Ellis Island, most of them moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, the majority of Rhinelanders settled in Ontario and the prairie provinces. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many important settlers to North America bearing the name Boesch, or one of its variants above:

Boesch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mr Boesch, who arrived in North America in 1832
  • Georg Boesch, aged 29, landed in New Orleans, La in 1850
  • Marie Boesch, aged 26, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1850

Boesch Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • August Boesch, who arrived in Chile in 1920

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Contemporary Notables of the name Boesch (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Boesch (post 1700)



  • Rudolph Ernst "Rudy" Boesch (b. 1928), American retired Navy SEAL, oldest competitor on Survivor: Borneo at 72
  • Paul Boesch (1912-1989), American, professional wrestling promoter
  • Garth Boesch (1920-1998), American professional NHL ice hockey defenceman who played in the 1940s, member of three Stanley Cup winning teams
  • Brennan Boesch (b. 1985), American Major League Baseball outfielder and first baseman for the New York Yankees

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    2. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    3. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    6. 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).
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
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    The Boesch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Boesch 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 30 September 2014 at 12:30.

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