The region that comprises the modern state of Austria
is the ancient homeland of the Bursch 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 Bursch family
The surname Bursch 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 Bursch family
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Bursch 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 Bursch 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 Bursch family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bursch family to the New World and Oceana
After the First World War, Austria
became a republic. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany
or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Bursch were Jonas and Ludwig Borsch both of whom arrived in New York, New York in 1710; Friederich Borsch arrived in Philadelphia in 1770; Erasmus Borsch arrived in Pennsylvania in 1771 with his wife Regina.
Contemporary Notables of the name Bursch (post 1700)
- Captain Daniel Wheeler Bursch (b. 1957), American former NASA Astronaut with over 227 days in space CITATION[CLOSE]
NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Daniel Bursch. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/bursch.html
- John J. Bursch (b. 1972), American lawyer, 10th Michigan Solicitor General (2011-2013)
- Michael Peter Karsten Bürsch (1942-2012), German politician