Show ContentsBuscher History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The bountiful region surrounding the Rhine river is the birthplace of the name Buscher. 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 Buscher was given to someone who lived near bushes or a thicket. The distinguished name Buscher is derived from the Old German word busc, which means thicket or brush.

Early Origins of the Buscher family

The surname Buscher was first found in the Rhineland, where the family became noted for its many branches within the region, many houses acquiring a status and influence which rivaled that of the landed aristocracy. In their later history some branches were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they distinguished themselves through their contributions to the social, political, and economic developments of the nation. The earliest individual bearer of this name to be mentioned in ancient chronicles was Cuentzlin in Busch of Wuerttenberg (1381).

The Bussche variant claims descent from Lord Everhardus de Busche in 1255. The Lords von dem Bussche were originally from the County of Ravensberg on the border area of Ravensberg and the Prince-Bishopric of Osnabrück.

Early History of the Buscher family

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Buscher 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 Buscher include Busch, Buesch, Buscher, Buescher (Westphalia), Bush, Buesh, Busher, Buesher, Busche, Bushe, Pusch, Bussche, Bussch and many more.

Early Notables of the Buscher family (pre 1700)

Notables with the name Buscher during this period were Isaac Posch (died 1623), who was an Austrian composer and organist. Clamor von dem Bussche, was a Lieutenant General in the Hanoverian army. He fought with distinction in the army of the Duke of York during the revolution, and died in battle in 1793. His son, Hans von dem Bussche, lost his right arm fighting at the...
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Buscher Ranking

In the United States, the name Buscher is the 15,563rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Buscher migration to the United States +

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 Buscher, or one of its variants above:

Buscher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joh Bernd Buscher, who arrived in America in 1814-1820 [2]
  • Joh Gerd Buscher, who arrived in America in 1814-1820 [2]
  • Bernd Heinr Buscher, who landed in America in 1817 [2]
  • Eberh Fr Emanuel Buscher, aged 22, who landed in America in 1819 [2]
  • Joh Fr Buscher, who landed in America in 1833 [2]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Buscher (post 1700) +

  • Brian Phillip Buscher (b. 1981), nicknamed "The Urban Legend", American retired Major League Baseball third baseman
  • Ulrich Büscher (b. 1958), German footballer
  • Mickaël Buscher (b. 1987), French football striker
  • Gérard Buscher (b. 1960), former professional French association football player

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  2. 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