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          It is estimated that the surname Pertzsch is borne today by fewer than 700 persons worldwide.  According to Walter Wenzel, who has published several books on the origins of German names, 'Pertzsch' comes from the Lusatia (Lausitz) region of Germany.  The earliest recorded use of this name occurred in the 1500's.

          Lusatia has long been home to the Sorbs (also known as the Wends), an ethnic minority whose language is closer to Czech and Polish than it is to German. The unusual spelling of 'Pertzsch' suggests that it was originally a Sorbian name.

          The highest concentration of Pertzsches in Germany today live within an area bounded on the north by Wittenberg, on the east by Lauchhammer, on the south by Leipzig and on the west by Bitterfeld.  Sorbs in this region assimilated early.  Except for place names such as Delitzsch and Pretzsch, few traces of Slavic heritage remain.

          The highest concentration of Pertzsches in the United States still live around Onalaska and La Crosse, Wisconsin, where their immigrant ancestor, Johann Christian Pertzsch, settled in 1863.

Pertzsches of the Past

Name Born Died Contact:
PERTZSCH, Anna B. 16 Nov 1858, Brandenburg, Prussia 3 Feb 1915 in La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA donnatreez
Father: PERTZSCH, Johann Christian
Mother: SOMMERFELD, Caroline Wilhelmine
Spouse: HAYES, W. Scott
PERTZSCH, Harry Frederick 22 Mar 1897 or 1898 in Onalaska, Wisconsin, USA 20 July 1974 in West Salem, Wisconsin, USA ghostridyr
Father: PERTZSCH, Walter Christian
Mother: BEHNKE, Elizabeth
Spouse: HASS, Martha
PERTZSCH, Johann Christian 25 Feb 1823 in Großkorgau, Provinz Sachsen, Prussia (now Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany) 29 Oct 1910 in La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA donnatreez
Father: PERTZSCH, Johann Carl
Mother: HERRMANN, Johanne Christiane
Spouse: SOMMERFELD, Caroline Wilhelmine
PERTZSCH, Mathilda 21 Aug 1854 in Landsberg on the Warthe, Brandenburg, Prussia (now Gorzow Wielkopolski, Poland) 2 Dec 1935 in La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA jigamaree
Father: PERTZSCH, Johann Christian
Mother: SOMMERFELD, Caroline Wilhelmine
Spouse: FREIMARK, August
PERTZSCH, Phyllis Ida 22 November 1923 in Wisconsin, USA 28 August 1998 in Wisconsin, USA donnatreez
Father: PERTZSCH, William Otto
Mother: BAY, Else Wilhelmine
PERTZSCH, Walter Christian 20 Sep 1867 in La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA 23 Mar 1947 in Onalaska, Wisconsin, USA donnatreez
Father: PERTZSCH, Johann Christian
Mother: SOMMERFELD, Caroline Wilhelmine
Spouse 1: BEHNKE, Elizabeth
Spouse 2: NEITZKE, Elizabeth
PERTZSCH, Walter Heinrich Hermann 19 Sep 1891 in Onalaska, Wisconsin, USA 30 Nov 1949 in Onalaska, Wisconsin, USA dhoward
Father: PERTZSCH, Walter Christian
Mother: BEHNKE, Elizabeth
Spouse: HASS, Rosina
PERTZSCH, William Otto 8 February 1896 in Onalaska, Wisconsin, USA 23 July 1962 in Wisconsin, USA donnatreez
Father: PERTZSCH, Walter Christian
Mother: BEHNKE, Elizabeth
Spouse: BAY, Else Wilhelmine

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