Borstell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The German state of Prussia, which reached the zenith of its power in the late 19th century, is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Borstell. In the medieval era, after the fall of the Roman Empire, the German lands were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The borders of the Barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known as Prussia was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. The colorful history of Brandenburg-Prussia provides a glimpse at the oldest origins of the Borstell family.
Early Origins of the Borstell family
The surname Borstell was first found in Brandenburg, where the name Borstell became noted for its many branches with the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name developed from the Old Saxon name Borstel which means "little woods."
Ironically, we find the first record of the family not here but in ancient England where Thomas Borstale (d. 1290?), was a scholastic theologian, a native of Norfolk, and belonged to the convent of Augustinian friars (Friars Eremites) at Norwich; such was the influence of the ancient Saxons. 
Important Dates for the Borstell family
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Borstell Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Borstell include Borstell, Borstel, Borsteler, Borstelle, Borsteller, Borstele, Borrstell, Borrstel, Borrstele, Borstler, Borstler, Borstal, Borstaler, Borstaller, Borstaul, Borstall and many more.
Early Notables of the Borstell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Borstell family
The state of Prussia was a great influence on the shape of modern Germany. After the Second World War, Prussia's land was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany and the state was abolished. Some Prussians remained in those countries after the war, while many others migrated to North America in search of a new start. Philadelphia was their primary point of entry to the United States, after which many of them moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. A large number of Prussians also migrated to Ontario and the prairie provinces as United Empire Loyalists. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Borstells to arrive in North America, and among them were: John Borstall arrived in Maryland in 1678; Agnes Borstel settled in New York in 1849; J. Von Borstel arrived in New York City in 1850; Hans Georg Borstler, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1732.
Contemporary Notables of the name Borstell (post 1700)
- Karl Heinrich von Borstell (1773-1844), Prussian Major-General
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- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print