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The surname Dorsch was first found in Bavaria, where the name 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.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dorsch, Dorsche, Dorsh, Dorshe, Dorst, Dosch, Dosche and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dorsch research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1731 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Dorsch History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dorsch Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Johann Friederich Dorsch, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1771
  • Johann Georg Dorsch, who landed in America in 1781
  • Christoph Dorsch, who landed in America in 1783

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  • Travis Dorsch (b. 1979), American NFL football placekicker and punter
  • Klaus Dorsch (b. 1962), German professional footballer
  • Franz Xaver Dorsch (1899-1986), German civil engineer
  • Käthe Dorsch (1890-1957), German actress


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  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
  3. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
  4. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  5. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  6. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
  7. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
  8. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
  9. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Dorsch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dorsch 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.

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