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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 þorskr ‘fish for drying’, since cod was traded as dried fish). South German: from 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 ©2013, Oxford University Press


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

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Dorsch Family Origin

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Dorsch Family Occupations

What did your Dorsch ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Dorsch family was Carpenter. Laborer, Butcher and Cabinet Maker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dorsch. The most common Dorsch occupation in the USA was Laborer. 9% of Dorsch's were Laborers.

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  • Laborer

    9%
  • Butcher

    6%
  • Cabinet Maker

    6%
  • Carpenter

    6%

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Dorsch Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Dorsch. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dorsch census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Dorsch. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 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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Dorsch Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dorsch ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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