Borsch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The region that comprises the modern state of Austria is the ancient homeland of the Borsch family. Austria, which was originally home to a Celtic people, was conquered by the Roman Empire in about 15 BC. Following the fall of Rome, Austria was repeatedly invaded by barbarian tribes, such as the Vandals, Visigoths, and Huns, who swept in from the east. During the 5th and 6th centuries, the Alemanni, Avars and Slavs settled Austria. The Avars were defeated in 785 by the Frankish emperor Charlemagne, who set up the East Mark, which later became known as the Österreich. Austria was ruled by the Babenburger dynasty until 1278, when they were succeeded by the Hapsburg dynasty, which ruled Austria until the 20th century.

Early Origins of the Borsch family

The surname Borsch was first found in Austria, where the name Borsch was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

Early History of the Borsch family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Borsch research. Another 68 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1802 is included under the topic Early Borsch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Borsch 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 Borsch include Borsch, Borsche, Borsh, Borshe, Borrsch, Borrsche, Borrsh, Borrshe, Boersch, Boersche, Boersh, Boershe, Boerrsch, Boerrsche, Boerrsh, Boerrshe, Bursch, Bursche, Bursch, Burshe, Burrsch, Burrsche, Burrsh, Burrshe, Buersch, Buersche, Buersh, Buershe, Buerrsch, Buerrsche, Buerrsh and many more.

Early Notables of the Borsch family (pre 1700)

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United States Borsch migration to the United States +

Austria was made a republic after the First World War. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was broken up by the Treaty of Versailles and many of its people found themselves in the new nation of Czechoslovakia. Many other Austrians and expatriate Austrians made their way to North America in the 20th century. Most landed in Philadelphia, later continuing on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Some Austrian settlers also went to western Canada and Ontario. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Borsch or a variant listed above:

Borsch Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jonas and Ludwig Borsch both of whom arrived in New York, New York in 1710
  • Jonas Borsch, who landed in New York, NY in 1710 [1]
  • Ludwig Borsch, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710 [1]
  • Elizabeth Borsch, who landed in New York, NY in 1710 [1]
  • Friederich Borsch, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1770 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Borsch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John S. Borsch, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1872

Contemporary Notables of the name Borsch (post 1700) +

  • Frederick Houk Borsch (1935-2017), American Episcopalian prelate, Bishop of Los Angeles (1988–2002)
  • Karl Borsch (b. 1959), German auxiliary bishop of Aachen

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook
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