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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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  8. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. 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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