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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 B C. 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.

Borsch Early Origins



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.

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Borsch Spelling Variations


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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.

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Borsch Early History


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Borsch Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Borsch research. Another 205 words (15 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.

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Borsch Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Borsch Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Borsch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • Ludwig Borsch, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710
  • Elizabeth Borsch, who landed in New York, NY in 1710
  • Friederich Borsch, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1770
  • ... (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 arrived in Philadelphia in 1872

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Contemporary Notables of the name Borsch (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Borsch (post 1700)



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

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    2. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    3. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    4. 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).
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    9. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    10. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    11. ...

    The Borsch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Borsch 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 7 January 2015 at 19:21.

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