Borst Family History
Borst Name Meaning
German (also Börst): from Middle High German borst(e) ‘bristle brush’ hence a nickname for someone with a prickly temperament or a metonymic occupational name for a brush maker. Compare Boerst . Dutch: nickname for a pal companion juvenile or student from the Middle Dutch word borst from Latin bursa; compare Bursch . Or a topographic name from bors with t- plural which word possibly indicates ‘bog myrtle’ while bors also is an old word for ‘bear’. The third possibility is a physical nickname in relation to the word borst ‘breast chest’ for someone with a broad or hairy chest.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022