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The surname Tretsch was first found in the Prussian province of Magdeburg, where the name, derived from this family's seat Trothe near the city of Halle, later emerged in the Middle Ages as one of the most powerful and famous families of the region. There is much speculation on which period the family first arouse, but nothing is certain. What can be said is that the Trothe family was one the oldest families of this entire region and belonged to the nobility long before the first chronicles mention them. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. By the 14th century the family had established their fame and were the largest landowners of Magdeburg-Saxony.

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 Tretsch include Trotha, Trothe (oldest form), Troetsch, Tretsch, Trotte, Trotta, Drothe, Trote, Trota, Drod, Drad and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tretsch research. Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1778 is included under the topic Early Tretsch History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 66 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tretsch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The state of Prussia was a great influence on the shape of modern Germany. After the Second World War, Prussia's land was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany and the state was abolished. Some Prussians remained in those countries after the war, while many others migrated to North America in search of a new start. Philadelphia was their primary point of entry to the United States, after which many of them moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. A large number of Prussians also migrated to Ontario and the prairie provinces as United Empire Loyalists. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Tretschs to arrive in North America, and among them were: Johann Conrad Trott, who came to Philadelphia in 1785.

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The Tretsch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tretsch 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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