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Where did the German Dorsh family come from? What is the German Dorsh family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dorsh family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dorsh family history?

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

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.


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

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More information is included under the topic Early Dorsh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dorsh Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Adam Dorsh, his wife and child, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1786
  • Adam Dorsh, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1786

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  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
  6. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
  7. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  8. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  10. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
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The Dorsh Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dorsh 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 22 September 2010 at 13:22.

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