Dorst History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Dorst family

The surname Dorst was first found in Silesia, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.

Early History of the Dorst family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dorst research. Another 84 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dorst History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dorst Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dorst, Dorste, Duerst, Duerste, Durste, Derst, Dorsts and many more.

Early Notables of the Dorst family (pre 1700)

Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dorst Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Dorst migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dorst Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Dorst, who settled in New York in 1709
  • Robbert Dorst, who arrived in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Casper Dorst, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729 [1]
  • Peter Dorst, who landed in America in 1762 [1]
  • Johannes Dorst, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1763 [1]
Dorst Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johann Adam Dorst, who arrived in America in 1833 [1]
  • Martin Dorst, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dorst (post 1700) +

  • Richard W. Dorst, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1964 [2]
  • John Dorst Jr., American Democrat politician, Telegraph operator; Real estate business; Member of New York State Assembly from Erie County 9th District, 1913 [2]
  • Tankred Dorst (1925-2017), German playwright and storyteller


The Dorst Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sperare et Resignare
Motto Translation: Hope and resign


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, September 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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