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Dorsch Name Meaning

North German: metonymic occupational name for a fisherman from Middle High German dorsch ‘cod’ (a borrowing from Middle Low German dorsch dors(k) itself a loanword from Old Norse thorskr ‘fish for drying’ since cod was traded as dried fish). South German: from Middle High German torse the word for a cabbage stalk or rutabaga hence a nickname for a cabbage or turnip grower or for a tall thin man.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Dersch, Harsch, Barsch, Kirsch, Forsch, Horsch, Morsch, Hirsch, Dosch

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You can see how Dorsch families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dorsch family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Dorsch families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 44 Dorsch families living in Ontario. This was about 90% of all the recorded Dorsch's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Dorsch families in 1911.
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What did your Dorsch ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Dorsch. 70% of Dorsch men worked as a Farmer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Cultivateur
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Dorsch. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Dorsch. For the veterans among your Dorsch ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dorsch lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Dorsch life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Dorsch in 1946 was 38, and 79 in 2004.

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