The surname Van Esch was first found in Belgium, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. This distinguished surname was first recorded in Brabant as a sept. Brabant is an ancient duchy from 1190 onward. Within the province Brussels and Louvain are the major cities and the smaller Clabecq, Tubize and Wavre towns. Other towns include Vilvorde, Tirlemont and Hal. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into a most influential family.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: A. Gesina Esch, who settled in America in 1837; Anna Elsabein Gieske Esch, who came to America in 1842; Franz Edward Esche, who came to Indiana sometime between 1851 and 1854.